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Typhoon Durian Kills More than 100 in Eastern Philippines


Landslides and heavy rains triggered by a powerful typhoon in the eastern Philippines have killed more than 100 people, with several others missing.

At least 20 were killed when a mudslide poured down from the Mount Mayon volcano in the village of Padang, some 350 kilometers southeast of the capital, Manila. Authorities say they fear the death toll may rise. Deaths have been reported in several other areas in Albay province, including the towns of Daraga and Santo Domingo.

Typhoon Durian lashed the island of Catanduanes on Thursday with winds of up to 190 kilometers an hour, and gusts up to 225 kilometers an hour. The typhoon tore up trees, cut electricity in coastal areas and forced hundreds of residents to flee to higher ground.

The typhoon has since weakened and is moving near Mindoro island, south of Manila, with winds of 150 kilometers per hour.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters and AP

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