Tropical Storm kills 27 in Philippines



Manila: A powerful tropical storm in the Philippines has left 27 people dead, authorities said Saturday.

Son-Tinh has wrecked havoc in three northern provinces. Nine people were missing, the national disaster risk reduction and management council (NDRRMC) said.

Of the 27 victims, 15 were killed by drowning, while others were killed after they were hit by fallen trees, electrocution and landslide, Xinhua reported.

About 66,800 people were affected, and the economic loss was estimated at around 55 million pesos (about $1.3 million).

IANS