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Typhoon slams into the Philippines, claims 24

A POWERFUL typhoon dumped heavy rains, triggered landslides and left at least 24 people dead and three missing in the northern Philippines, officials said yesterday.

Typhoon Cha-Hom was packing maximum winds of 120 kilometers per hour when it made landfall overnight in Pangasinan province, north of Manila. It rapidly weakened into a tropical storm after crossing the mountains of Cordillera and Sierra Madre, and continued to lose strength as it moved away from the country, forecasters said.

Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro said at least 12 people died in Pangasinan, one of the worst-hit provinces.

Nine people were killed in landslides in two villages in Ifugao province's Kiangan town, popular for its mountainside rice terraces, the National Disaster Coordinating Council reported. The dead included children.

A four-year-old child drowned in Bataan province; a man was killed by a dislodged iron sheet in La Union province; and another man died of a heart attack in northwestern Zambales province, the disaster center said. At least nine people also were injured.


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