At least 24 people have died in severe downpours and flooding triggered by Typhoon Son-Tinh which battered the Southeastern Asian country of Philippines, the government says. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Saturday, 11 people died as a result of drowning and landslides on small islands in the country's mid-section while 13 others were killed by falling trees or in building collapses in other islands. Reports say that eight fishermen remained missing at sea in the central and southern Philippines. Officials say that the storm displaced tens of thousands from their homes, forcing them to take refuge in emergency shelters.
Son-Tinh which moves towards the neighboring Vietnam also made landfall over the island province of Masbate on Thursday.The Philippines gets about 20 major storms or typhoons each year that hit mainly during the rainy season between June and October. MAM/JR