Crocodile eats a man tying up his boat during a tropical storm

Crocodile eats a man tying up his boat during a tropical storm

Crocodile eats a man tying up his boat during a tropical storm

Police, soldiers and volunteers used shovels to dig through mud and debris in a bid to recover bodies in the farming village of about 2,000 people, Parami added.

In addition to those killed, there are 159 people missing, spokeswoman Mina Marasigan of the Philippines' national disaster management agency said Sunday.

"The figure could increase as we continue to received reports from the field as the weather improves", said a police spokesman on Mindanao, Superintendent Lemuel Gonda, referring to the death toll.

Rescuers retrieved 36 bodies from the river in Mindanao on Saturday.

The Philippines suffers almost 20 typhoons and storms each year, many of them deadly.

It is the most recent disaster to hit the country, a place which is habitually ramshackled by at least 20 typhoons and storms each year, making it one of the world's most disaster-prone countries.

Despite the storm's downgrading, authorities warned it was still likely to cause heavy rain of up to 181 millimetres in southern provinces.

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In the province of Lanao del Norte, an entire village is gone, after floodwater came rushing in with boulders and logs.

In a report, Superintendent Lemuel Gonda of the provincial Philippine National Police (PNP) said 135 people have died in Northern Mindanao and 47 in Zamboanga Peninsula during the storm.

The death toll is expected to rise as rescuers and recovery crews make their way into more isolated areas. It struck the southern section of western Palawan province late Saturday and is forecast to blow away from the southern Philippines today toward the South China Sea.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration said that "Vinta" has maximum sustained winds of 80 kilometer per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 95 kph. The rains, which whipped strongly in provinces of Lanao of north and wool of South with records of up to 500 millimeters, caused dams to overflow, which flooded several villages and contributed to landslides.

Residents evacuate to a safer place in Kabacan in the Philippines on December 23, 2017, after Tropical Storm Tembin dumped torrential rains across the island.

In the town of Kabasalan in Zamboanga, dozens of families huddled in the homes of neighbours during the holiday, two days after floods carried off 40 houses, killing three people with one other missing, said local civil defence chief Junalyn Maravillo. Many others are also believed to be missing.

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