Philippine flooding leaves 60 dead


Altogether, around 100 people were killed the past week by four typhoons - Rammasun, Chata'an, Nakri and Halong -- which swept across the Pacific Ocean past Micronesia, the Philippines, China, the Koreas and Japan.

Halong was tracked about 63 miles south of Okinawa, Japan with winds gusting up to 90 mph after sparing the Philippines of a direct hit, Japan's weather bureau reported.

Meanwhile in the Philippines, rains triggered floods in seven provinces on the main island of Luzon and in the Manila area affecting 1.4 million people, the Office of Civil Defence (OCD) said.

The latest casualties included a three-year-old girl and her two grandparents who were buried alive in a landslide in the northern Philippine city Olongapo, four villagers who drowned also in the north of the country and two men who were electrocuted by a snapped power in nearby Cavite province.

Forty-five people were injured while five are missing, an OCD statement said.