Philippine storm death toll surges to 68

Manila (AFP) – The death toll from a storm that struck the Philippines shortly after Christmas rose to 68 with the number of fatalities expected to climb even higher, civil defence officials said yesterday. Fifty-seven people died in the mountainous Bicol region, southeast of Manila, while 11 were killed in the central island of Samar, mostly due to landslides and drowning, the officials said. More details in Tuesday’s Borneo Bulletin