Philippine typhoon death toll nears 100; new storm brings rains

AFP-JIJI

The death toll from Super Typhoon Rammasun in the Philippines rose to 94, with six missing, as another storm brought rains to the ravaged areas, authorities said Sunday.

The reports of fatalities came in as repairmen struggled to restore electricity to hundreds of thousands of households who have been without power since the storm hit last week.

“The majority of the fatalities are from falling debris and trees while many of the missing are from boats that went out to sea,” despite the storm, said Mina Marasigan, spokeswoman of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

The typhoon has since blown to southern China but a new storm, named Matmo, was packing gusts of 150 kph and worsening rainfall in places affected by Rammasun, she said.

Manila Electric Co. the country’s largest power distributor, said more than 400,000 homes in the capital were still experiencing outages since the first typhoon of the year hit on Wednesday.