Philippines Typhoon Phanfone: Death toll climbs to 41

Uncategorized Faizah Kamal 29-Dec-2019

The number of deaths as a result of a powerful storm that hit the Philippines on December 25 has climbed to 41, authorities said on December 29, with tens of thousands still in evacuation centres.

Typhoon Phanfone left the Philippines on December 28 after destroying several islands in the central Visayas, including popular tourist destinations, but the extent of the damage continued to grow as assessments came in.

The death toll of 41 – up from 28 on December 27 – included three boat crew members who died after their vessel capsized due to strong winds, a policeman electrocuted by a toppled post, and a man struck by a felled tree.