Philippines storm death toll rises to 126

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MANILA (Xinhua) – The death toll from the powerful storm that triggered landslides and flash flood in the Philippines has risen to 126.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), 26 people remain missing in the regions of Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Calabarzon and Mimaropa.

The number of people displaced by the storm has also jumped to 675,777 or 150,877 families, according to the NDRRMC report.

The tropical depression, deadliest among the 21 weather disturbances to hit the Philippines in 2018, made the landfall on December 29, 2018 and eventually weakened into a low-pressure area.

Around 20 typhoons and storms hit the Philippines each year.

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