Two people were killed and thousands fled strong winds and floods as a tropical depression ravaged the central Philippines yesterday following deadly back-to-back storms during the Christmas season.
The deaths were reported on Cebu, where an elderly woman was killed in a landslide while a man died of a head injury after he fell in the wake of the storm cutting off electricity across much of the island. Wind and rain then slammed into Palawan to the west.
Tropical Storm Kai-Tak killed 47 people in the central Philippines last month while Tropical Storm Tembin followed and caused at least 240 deaths, mostly on Mindanao.
"It's tough that we have three storms coming one after another," said Gil Acosta. Palawan's information officer. "People have lost livelihoods and had no rest since Christmas."
Palawan accounted for 37 of Tembin's known deaths, with 60 people still missing.
"There is continuous flooding in some towns where floodwater from the previous storm has yet to subside," one official said.