A tropical storm that struck the southern and central Philippines has killed at least three people and displaced hundreds of residents, according to news reports and government bulletins.
Tropical Storm Dante, also known as Choi-Wan, Trigger floods and landslides in the south-west region of the country. It produced winds of 65 kph (40 mph) and gusts of 90 kph (56 mph) in central Masbet province early Wednesday local time.
Among the dead was a 14-year-old villager from the town of Norala in South Cotabato province. According to the Associated Press. The young girl accompanied her father to the banks of a river to save their farm animals during heavy rains. They were swept away by strong currents, the news outlet quoted the Office of Civil Defense as saying.
The AP said other villagers had to be rescued by the Coast Guard after being hit by flood waters.
A Bulletin Report by the Social Welfare and Development Department As of Wednesday evening local time, more than 45,000 people were affected by the storm in 89 areas of the southwestern Philippines. More than 12,000 people took temporary shelter in 94 evacuation shelters to survive the storm.
The wet season of the Philippines usually starts in June and lasts till November. The disaster-prone country is hit by an average of 20 tropical storms and typhoons each year.
Forecasters say Dante will Maintain its strength as it travels northwest and eventually to the South China Sea. The storm is likely to weaken into a tropical pressure on Thursday morning.
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