THE death toll from two typhoons that hit the Philippines two weeks ago has reached 101, with tens of thousands of people still displaced by massive flooding.
Typhoon Nesat, which struck the main island of Luzon’s low-lying agricultural plains, left 82 dead in its wake, while Typhoon Nalgae – which hit five days later – killed 19, the Office of Civil Defence said.
Most of those killed fell victim to the floods that swept through Luzon’s farming towns, while the remainder were either electrocuted by fallen power lines or crushed by debris and landslides.
Twenty-seven people are still missing, raising the prospect that the death toll could rise.
More than 67,000 people remain in evacuation centers across more than 40 provinces in Luzon, most of them in low-lying agricultural areas where rivers and tributaries overflowed with heavy rains.