Dozens Dead, Many Missing After Storm Batters Philippines

Villagers wade through a flooded street in Borongan, Philippines on Dec. 16. Photographer: Alren Beronio/AFP via Getty Images

Dozens of people were killed and many more were missing after tropical storm Kai-Tak triggered floods and landslides in the Philippines.

At least 23 people died in the province of Biliran, the local disaster management agency said in a post on the provincial government’s Facebook page. Police said Sunday that more people were missing after landslides.

Kai-Tak, known locally as Urduja, has weakened into a tropical depression, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said in an 8 a.m. update Monday. About 51,000 families are affected, it said.

The Philippines, battered annually by an average of 20 cyclones that form over the Pacific Ocean, is among countries most vulnerable to climate change.

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