Death toll climbs to 14 from tropical storm Nock-ten in Philippines

13:12, July 27, 2011      

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The death toll from tropical storm Nock-ten (local name: Juaning) has climbed to 14 in the Philippines as of Wednesday morning, the country's National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

In its latest situation report, the council said 14 people have died, while nine others remained missing and more than 129,000 families have been affected by the tropical storm.

Classes at all levels in affected areas remained suspended, while 20 flights have been cancelled, it said.

As of 4 a.m. Wednesday, the center of Nock-ten was estimated at 90km east of Infanta, Quezon province in central Philippines with maximum winds of 85 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 100 kph. Nock-ten is forecast to move west-northwest at 11kph.

"Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under signals numbers 2 and 1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides," NDRRMC said, adding public storm warning signals have been raised over 35 provinces.

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