Philippines Mega: Tropical Storm Agathon kills at least 25 people in landslides and flooding

The storm, known in the Philippines as Agathon, made landfall on Sunday with sustained winds of up to 65 kilometers (40 miles) per hour and gusts up to 80 km/h (49 mph). Mega is the first storm this year to hit the archipelago, where about 20 such storms occur annually.

In the eastern province of Leyte, the bodies of 22 people were recovered after they were buried under a landslide, Baibai City Police Chief Jomen Collado told reporters.

The National Disaster Management Agency, which also said three people had died in the southern Davao region, said the casualties were still subject to verification.

“There were landslides in the settlements and then some of the victims were washed away by the floods,” Collado said, adding that rescue operations are ongoing as at least six more people are missing.

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Images released by the local fire department on Monday show rescuers making their way through nearly partially flooded homes and digging for survivors in the area hit by the landslide.

Tropical Storm Mega is expected to weaken to 45 km/h on Tuesday and leave over the sea again, the state weather bureau said.

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