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Philippines: at least 117 dead after the passage of the storm Megi

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The death toll from Tropical Storm Megi has risen further in the Philippines, standing at at least 117 dead. Hundreds of people are still missing.

The central province of Leyte was the hardest hit, with landslides destroying farming and fishing villages.

Early warning systems help warn people before natural disasters, such as storms, occur.

In the municipality of Abuyog, dozens of bodies were recovered Tuesday by rescuers. A total of 26 people were killed while 150 are still missing. The authorities have already announced that there is little hope of finding other people alive.

In the town of Baybay, 86 dead and dozens of injured were recorded by the rescuers. But more than 100 people are still missing.

Finally, three people were found drowned on the main southern island of Mindanao.

More and more powerful disasters

Apart from casualties, Tropical Storm Megi also forced tens of thousands of Filipinos to seek refuge in evacuation centers.

The region is regularly hit by disasters, including Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, but scientists say they are becoming more powerful as a result of climate change.

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