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More than 100 dead in Philippine mudslides, flooding: officials

MANILA: A tropical storm in the southern Philippines triggered mudslides and flash floods that killed more than 100 people, while dozens are missing, police and disaster officials said on Saturday. The casualties, most of them caused late on Friday, were all on the main southern island of Mindanao, they said, adding three provinces were hardest hit. Disaster officials said many residents had ignored warnings to leave coastal areas and riverbanks. “Many people were swept to the sea as flood waters quickly rose…

Nearly 90 dead in Philippine mudslides, flooding as storm hits: officials

MANILA: A tropical storm in the Philippines triggered mudslides and flooding that killed nearly 90 people, while dozens are missing, police and disaster officials said on Saturday. The casualties, most of them inflicted late on Friday, were all on the main southern island of Mindanao, they said. “We’re are still trying to confirm reports of a farming village buried by a mudslide,” said Ryan Cabus, an official in Tubod town. He said power and communication lines to the area had been cut, complicating rescue efforts.…

Hurricane Otto swirls toward Central America, kills three

PANAMA CITY: Hurricane Otto was forecast to strengthen in the Caribbean as it churned toward Central America Tuesday, causing three deaths in Panama and prompting coastal evacuations in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Otto became the seventh hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic season. The hurricane, which is packing maximum sustained winds of 75 miles (120 kilometers) per hour, is expected to pick up strength and speed as it moves westward, approaching Costa Rica and Nicaragua on Thursday before making landfall, the National…

Hurricane Matthew pummels Haiti and Cuba, evacuations ordered in US

HAITI: Hurricane Matthew pummeled Haiti and moved on to Cuba after killing seven people, unleashing floods and forcing hundreds of thousands to flee the Caribbean's worst storm in nearly a decade. Far to the north, the first evacuations were ordered in the United States as coastal dwellers prepared to flee the approaching monster storm, expected off the East Coast later this week. The death toll stood at seven -- three in Haiti and four in the Dominican Republic -- but was certain to rise as dangerous Matthew bruised its…