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Death toll from Christmas typhoon in The Philippines rises to 28

The death toll from the Christmas typhoon in The Philippines has risen to 28
The death toll from Typhoon Phanfone, which struck the Philippines on Christmas Day, has risen to at least 28 while another 12 people are still missing.

Christmas has been marred by the disaster, which also saw thousands of people forced to flee their homes.

Many hoping to be with loved ones over the festive season were left stranded in ferry terminals and airports as transport was cancelled because of the 120mph winds.

The storm wreaked havoc across remote villages and popular tourist destinations, leaving a trail of devastation and large parts of the country without power.

Cindy Ferrer, of the regional Office of the Civil Defence, said Batad, in Iloilo province, was a ‘ghost town’ on Christmas Day.

Emergency services reported that many of those killed had lost their lives due to drowning, falling trees and electrocution.

The missing included a father, his three children and another relative after their..

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The death toll from the Christmas typhoon in The Philippines has risen to 28

The death toll from Typhoon Phanfone, which struck the Philippines on Christmas Day, has risen to at least 28 while another 12 people are still missing.

Christmas has been marred by the disaster, which also saw thousands of people forced to flee their homes.

Many hoping to be with loved ones over the festive season were left stranded in ferry terminals and airports as transport was cancelled because of the 120mph winds.


The storm wreaked havoc across remote villages and popular tourist destinations, leaving a trail of devastation and large parts of the country without power.

Cindy Ferrer, of the regional Office of the Civil Defence, said Batad, in Iloilo province, was a ‘ghost town’ on Christmas Day.

Emergency services reported that many of those killed had lost their lives due to drowning, falling trees and electrocution.

The missing included a father, his three children and another relative after their shanty was inundated with a swollen river.

Rescuers carry a body body, believed to be one of several fishermen who went missing at the height of Typhoon Phanfone that pummelled the central Philippines on Christmas Day, from the seashore in Borongan, Eastern Samar province on December 27, 2019. - The number of people killed from Typhoon Phanfone's onslaught in the Philippines has risen to 28, authorities said on Friday, after the powerful storm pounded the nation on Christmas day. (Photo by ALREN BERONIO / AFP) (Photo by ALREN BERONIO/AFP via Getty Images)
Rescuers carry a body, believed to be one of several fishermen who went missing in the typhoon
(Picture: AFP via Getty Images)
Workers pull a fallen electric pylon damaged at the height of Typhoon Phanfone in Salcedo town in Eastern Samar province on December 26, 2019. - Typhoon Phanfone swept across remote villages and popular tourist areas of the central Philippines on Christmas day claimed at least 16 lives, authorities said on on December 26. (Photo by ALREN BERONIO / AFP) (Photo by ALREN BERONIO/AFP via Getty Images)
Caption: Workers pull a fallen electric pylon damaged at the height of Typhoon (Picture: AFP)

Phanfone hit Eastern Samar on Christmas Eve before sweeping across many of the islands of the central Philippines throughout Wednesday.

Local government officials, police and the army took care of thousands of people who were forced to take refuge in gyms and schools.

Travel in and out of the country was crippled with more than 25,000 people stranded in sea ports as the dangerously choppy waters made travel impossible.

Dozens of international and domestic flights were also cancelled.

epa08090641 A handout photo made available by the Office of Civil Defense Region VI (OCD-VI) shows an aerial shot during a Civil Defense officials' inspection in the typhoon-hit province of Capiz, Philippines, 26 December 2019. According to media reports, Typhoon Phanfone, locally known as Ursula, lashed the central Philippines on Christmas Day killing at least 16 people and causing damage to homes and rice fields. EPA/OCD-VI HANDOUT BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
The typhoon caused widespread flooding across the country (Picture: EPA)
A house destroyed at the height of Typhoon Phanfone is seen in Balasan town in Iloilo province on December 26, 2019. - Typhoon Phanfone swept across remote villages and popular tourist areas of the central Philippines on Christmas day claimed at least 16 lives, authorities said on on December 26. (Photo by STR / AFP) (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)
A house destroyed at the height of Typhoon Phanfone (Picture: AFP)

Typhoons are a common occurrence in the Philippines which deals with around 20 each year along with earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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