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Tropical Storm's Floods, Landslides Kill 21 in Philippines

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Motorists drive past a fallen marker that was toppled by Tropical Storm Jangmi at Alcantara township, Cebu province, central Philippines, Dec. 30, 2014.

Motorists drive past a fallen marker that was toppled by Tropical Storm Jangmi at Alcantara township, Cebu province, central Philippines, Dec. 30, 2014.

Philippine officials said Tuesday that Tropical Storm Jangmi had triggered floods and landslides, killing at least 21 people in the central and southern parts of the country, many in areas not yet fully recovered from last year's Typhoon Haiyan.

Authorities said most of the deaths occurred Tuesday as the storm moved away from southern Mindanao Island, where its heavy rains closed highways and bridges Monday.

The government weather bureau said that as of late Tuesday, the eye of the storm was 140 kilometers (about 85 miles) southwest of central Iloilo City, moving west toward western Palawan Island.

The national disaster agency said more than 90,000 people had been affected by the storm. Most of them were in the southern Philippines where Jangmi first made landfall in Surigao del Sur.

An estimated 16,000 travelers were stranded at various ports in the central Philippines as many flights were canceled and other travel options were restricted by the storm.

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