Tropical storm kills six in Philippines

Manila, Dec 30 (IANS) At least six people died and one reportedly went missing as tropical storm Jangmi, locally called Seniang, hit central Philippines, government sources said Tuesday.

Five people, including three adults and two children, were buried by mud and rocks when a landslide occurred in Tanauan town in the central province of Leyte, Xinhua reported citing director of the Office of Civil Defence in Western Visayas as saying Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the National Disaster Reduction and Rescue Management Centre (NDRRMC) said in its report Tuesday that a 65-year-old man, Mik Cipriano, drowned in Compostela Valley Monday as heavy rain lashed the province, taking the toll to six.
The landslide, one of the four which took place in Visayas region, buried a house as well
“The identities of the five fatalities have not been confirmed, but their bodies have been recovered,” regional disaster-response director Blanche Gobenciong said.
Gobenciong said they have received text messages about other deaths in other parts of the region, also due to landslides, but these are subject to verification.
According to the report, a 24-year-old man was reported missing while crossing a river in Compostela Valley province on Monday.
The National Disaster Reduction and Rescue Management Centre said 23,629 people in more than 5,500 families in Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao and other regions, have been affected by tropical storm Jangmi.