More than 100 dead in Philippine mudslides, flooding: officials

MANILA (Reuters) - A tropical storm in the southern Philippines triggered mudslides and flash floods that killed more than 100 people, while dozens are missing, police and disaster officials said on Saturday.

The casualties, most of them caused late on Friday, were all on the main southern island of Mindanao, they said, adding three provinces were hardest hit.

Disaster officials said many residents had ignored warnings to leave coastal areas and riverbanks.

"Many people were swept to the sea as flood waters quickly rose due to the high tide," Manuel Luis Ochotorena, a disaster agency official, said. "They never heeded the warnings. They thought it was a weak storm but it dumped more rains."

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Residents walk through floodwaters as they evacuate to a safer place in Kabacan, North Cotabato, on the southern island of Mindanao on December 23, 2017, after Tropical Storm Tembin dumped torrential rains across the island. Tropical Storm Tembin has lashed the nation's second-largest island of Mindanao since December 22, triggering flash floods and mudslides. / AFP PHOTO / FERDINANDH CABRERA (Photo credit should read FERDINANDH CABRERA/AFP/Getty Images)
A man clings onto the rope of a rescue boat as residents are evacuated from their homes due to heavy flooding in Cagayan de Oro city in the Philippines, December 22, 2017. Picture taken December 22, 2017. REUTERS/Froilan Gallardo
Residents are seen on the top of a partially submerged vehicle along a flooded road in Cagayan de Oro city in the Philippines, December 22, 2017. Picture taken December 22, 2017. REUTERS/Froilan Gallardo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Rescuers evacuate residents from their homes during heavy flooding in Cagayan de Oro city in the Philippines, December 22, 2017. Picture taken December 22, 2017 REUTERS/Froilan Gallardo
Rescuers evacuate residents during heavy flooding in Cagayan de Oro city in the Philippines, December 22, 2017. Picture taken December 22, 2017 REUTERS/Froilan Gallardo
Rescuers evacuate residents during heavy flooding in Cagayan de Oro city in the Philippines, December 22, 2017. Picture taken December 22, 2017. REUTERS/Froilan Gallardo
Residents are seen on the top of a partially submerged vehicle along a flooded road in Cagayan de Oro city in the Philippines, December 22, 2017. Picture taken December 22, 2017. REUTERS/Froilan Gallardo
Rescuers evacute residents during heavy flooding in Cagayan de Oro city in the Philippines, December 22, 2017. Picture taken December 22, 2017 REUTERS/Froilan Gallardo
Rescue workers evacuate flood-affected residents in Davao on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao early on December 23, 2017, after Tropical Storm Tembin dumped torrential rains across the island. The death toll from the tropical storm that struck the southern Philippines has risen to 30 with five others missing, officials said on December 23. / AFP PHOTO / MANMAN DEJETO (Photo credit should read MANMAN DEJETO/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Rescue workers evacuate flood-affected residents in Davao on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao early on December 23, 2017, after Tropical Storm Tembin dumped torrential rains across the island. The death toll from the tropical storm that struck the southern Philippines has risen to 30 with five others missing, officials said on December 23. / AFP PHOTO / MANMAN DEJETO (Photo credit should read MANMAN DEJETO/AFP/Getty Images)
Residents walk through floodwaters as they evacuate to a safer place in Kabacan, North Cotabato, on the southern island of Mindanao on December 23, 2017, after Tropical Storm Tembin dumped torrential rains across the island. Tropical Storm Tembin has lashed the nation's second-largest island of Mindanao since December 22, triggering flash floods and mudslides. / AFP PHOTO / FERDINANDH CABRERA (Photo credit should read FERDINANDH CABRERA/AFP/Getty Images)
Policemen ecavuate a baby in Cagayan City on December 22, 2017, after the Cagayan River swelled caused by heavy rains brought by Tropical Storm Tembin. Three people have been killed and six others are missing as a tropical storm struck the southern Philippines on December 22, unleashing floods and landslides across a region of 20 million people, officials said. / AFP PHOTO / Messan ANNAM (Photo credit should read MESSAN ANNAM/AFP/Getty Images)
A policeman carries a young girl as he wades through a flooded street in Cagayan City on December 22, 2017, after the Cagayan River swelled caused by heavy rains brought by Tropical Storm Tembin. Three people have been killed and six others are missing as a tropical storm struck the southern Philippines on December 22, unleashing floods and landslides across a region of 20 million people, officials said. / AFP PHOTO / Josep DEVEZA (Photo credit should read JOSEP DEVEZA/AFP/Getty Images)
Residents wade through a flooded street in Cagayan City on December 22, 2017, after the Cagayan River swelled caused by heavy rains brought by Tropical Storm Tembin. Three people have been killed and six others are missing as a tropical storm struck the southern Philippines on December 22, unleashing floods and landslides across a region of 20 million people, officials said. / AFP PHOTO / Josep DEVEZA (Photo credit should read JOSEP DEVEZA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Hundreds of kilometers to the east, army and emergency workers were checking reports an entire village was buried by mudslide in Tubod town in Lanao del Norte.

Ryan Cabus, a local official, said power and communication lines to the area had been cut, complicating rescue efforts.

The weather bureau said the storm had gathered strength over the Sulu Sea and was packing winds of up 80 kph (50 mph) and moving west at 20 kph.

It was heading out over the sea by midday on Saturday and would have moved clear of the Philippines by Monday, it said.

Emergency workers, soldiers, police and volunteers were being mobilized to search for survivors, clear debris, and restore power and communications.

More than 100 deaths were reported in various places including 60 in Tubod, El Salvador and Munai towns in Lanao del Norte province.

In Zamboanga del Norte province, police said 42 people had been killed in the towns of Sibuco and Salug.

Three people were killed in Bukidnon province, while politicians in Lanao del Sur province said 18 people had drowned in flash floods there.

Sixty-four people were reported missing in floods and landslides, according to a tally of reports form officials and police.

The Philippines is battered by about 20 typhoons every year, bringing death and destruction, usually to the poorest communities.

Last week, 46 people were killed in the central Philippines when a typhoon hit.

In 2013, super typhoon Haiyan killed nearly 8,000 people and left 200,000 families homeless.

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