04 July 2022,   03:42
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39 dead after typhoon leaves high water, mud in Philippines

Thick mud and debris coated many villages around the Philippine capital Friday after a typhoon caused extensive flooding that sent people fleeing to their roofs and killed at least 39 people.


Thousands of people have been rescued, though waters have mostly receded. The military was rescuing people in places where waters remained high.


Amphibious assault vehicles usually used in counter-insurgency operations were deployed for the rescue work, military chief of staff Gen. Gilbert Gapay said in an emergency meeting with disaster-response officials.


“We’ll continue to look for the missing, help in damage assessment”, - Gapay said. He reported 39 deaths and 32 other people missing.


Typhoon Vamco passed north of Manila between Bulacan and Pampanga provinces overnight Wednesday and early Thursday, toppling power poles and trees and damaging homes.

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