BANGKOK (dpa) – Dozens of people died in devastating floods across parts of the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand, after heavy rains and violent winds from a tropical storm lashed the region on Tuesday.
At least 38 people were killed and more than 30,000 displaced in landslides and high waters triggered by tropical storm Jangmi in the Philippines, officials said.
Among the casualties were a family of five in Leyte province, 585 kilometres southeast of Manila, who died when a landslide buried their house.
Twelve died when six houses were buried under mud and debris in Samar province.
In the southern region of Mindanao, three people died from drowning, a bus accident and after being hit by a falling tree, police said.
A boat carrying six people, including a town police chief, was missing off Southern Leyte province, the coast guard said.
Jangmi, which first reached the Philippines Sunday, was moving west at 11 kilometres per hour and was expected to bring more rains over the central provinces for the rest of the week, the weather bureau said.
In Malaysia, a pregnant woman and her one-year-old child were killed in a landslide early Tuesday in the central area of the Cameron Highlands, bringing the toll to 10, news reports said.
Around 200,000 have been evacuated since flooding started in the country around December 20, with the eastern and central areas worst affected.
Disaster relief was slowed by the “complete collapse” of the operations as rescue workers became victims of the flooding, said Mohamed Thajudeen Abdul Wahab, secretary of the National Security Council secretary, The Star daily reported.