Death toll in Philippines from typhoon Vamco rises to 26

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The death toll in the Philippines from Typhoon Vamco has risen to 26, local police reported Friday. The storm caused the worst flooding in years in the capital Manila. Dozens of people are still missing.

Child killed by landslide

The authorities spoke of at least 11 dead and 15 missing on Thursday. Vamco has caused a lot of wind and torrential rains in Manila and nearby provinces. Tens of thousands of homes have been damaged.

In the capital, half a million households are without electricity. In some suburbs, the Coast Guard swam through muddy water as high as electricity poles. Rescue workers used dinghies and makeshift rafts to get children and the elderly to safety

Tens of thousands of homes were flooded, although water levels in parts of the hard-hit suburb of Marikina began to fall. Many residents took refuge on roofs. About 6,000 people have been rescued in the suburbs of Manila.

A resident of Manila shows her belongings that she was able to save after Typhoon Vamco. (Photo: ANP)

The fatalities include two men who drowned and a child killed in a landslide in Camarines province, southeast of the capital. Three people died after the collapse of a warehouse in Cavite province.

Nearly 200,000 people were evacuated before Vamco came ashore on Wednesday evening with wind speeds of 155 kilometers per hour. The power of the typhoon has since diminished. The typhoon followed the same path as Typhoon Goni earlier this month. The storm, the worst of the year worldwide, killed 25 people and destroyed thousands of homes.

Vamco is currently heading for Vietnam. In early October, the nearby land suffered severe floods and mud storms, killing at least 160 people. The typhoon is expected to land there on Saturday.

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