At least 25 dead, 31 missing as Nock-Ten lands in Philippines

09:05, July 28, 2011      

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Children play in the rain as classes were suspended due to tropical storm Nock-Ten in Manila, the Philippines, on July 27, 2011. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

At least 25 people have died, 31 were reported missing since tropical storm Nock-Ten, local name Juaning, landed in Aurora province in northeast Philippines Wednesday.

Twenty of the victims came from the worst-hit Bicol region as a result of landslides, drowning, fallen trees and electrocution, said Bernardo Rafaelito Alejandro IV, director of the Office of Civil Defense in the Bicol region.

Heavy rains poured down entire day in most of provinces in Luzon region, affecting nearly 650,000 people.

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council executive director and Office of Civil Defense administrator Benito Ramos said 22 crewmembers of a fishing boat were reported missing when their fishing boat capsized off Masbate, an island province in Bicol region, on Wednesday, which brought the number of missing to 31.

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