Storm Hits Philippines Leaving 26 Killed, Thousands Stranded

By Sputnik News

© AP Photo/ Aaron Favila

THE Philippines is considered to be “the most exposed country in the world to tropical storms.”

According to Philippine officials, at least 26 people have been killed as a result of landslides triggered by Tropical Storm Kai-Tak (local name Urduja), while thousands of Filipinos who were heading home for Christmas have reportedly been stranded.

“We have recovered the bodies,” a provincial disaster risk reduction and management officer of the central Philippine island of Biliran told AFP.

The reports come a day after the storm hit the east of the Philippines — “the most exposed country in the world to tropical storms,” as described by Time magazine — cutting off power and causing landslides in the regions that had suffered from Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, leaving over 7,000 dead or missing.

Many flights to and from the Philippines have been canceled due to the storm.

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