Typhoon Mawar hits Philippines; 2 dead, 5 missing
Manila: Disaster-response officials say the first typhoon to hit the Philippines this year has left two people dead, five missing and 16 others injured.
Office of Civil Defence administrator Benito Ramos and the weather bureau say Typhoon Mawar was blowing away off the mountainous northern Philippines Sunday toward southern Japan with sustained winds of 120 kilometres per hour and gusts of up to 150 kph.
Ramos says two children drowned in a swollen river in western Palawan province, which was not directly hit by the typhoon but was lashed by heavy rains.
He says five men, mostly fishermen, are missing and 16 people were injured in stormy weather.
About 20 storms batter the country each year.