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Death toll from typhoon in Philippines has risen to at least 42 with 20 missing; floodwater receded and weather cleared in many areas

As of yesterday evening, at least 42 people in the Philippines have been killed in a typhoon. Many people had to flee to the roofs of their houses as there was widespread flooding. Many villages around the Philippine capital were filled with thick mud and debris following the typhoon. Rescue efforts by Troops, police, coastguard and disaster response teams are continuing.

Officials said tens of thousands of people have already been rescued. The national police reported the death toll had risen to at least 42 with 20 missing. The dead includes at least 12 villagers dug out of mud and rockslides in the northern provinces of Cagayan and Nueva Vizcaya, police said.

Floodwater receded and the weather cleared in many areas after Typhoon Vamco blew out into the South China Sea on Friday. However, the military said it was still rescuing people at risk of flooding. Military chief of staff General Gilbert Gapay said: “We’ll continue to look for the missing, help in damage assessment.”

Amphibious vehicles commonly used in counter-insurgency operations have been used for rescue work.

Several villages were submerged in the capital region, Marikina city, and the towns of Rodriguez and Cainta in nearby Rizal province. The extensive floods reached the second and third floors of several homes, forcing hundreds of residents to flee to their roofs.

The radio, TV networks and social media were also flooded with desperate messages seeking help. But the panic was exacerbated by widespread power outages and loss of internet access.

Residents carried appliances and furniture from their homes and used buckets and shovels to remove the mud after the water receded.

More than 400,000 people had been evacuated before the typhoon hit. The shift was mainly for those living in vulnerable coastal and low-lying areas.

According to the report, at least 3.8 million households lost power in the capital and outlying provinces. However the authorities later restored electricity in a many areas. Government offices were closed and most school classes were suspended on Friday.

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