Tropical Storm Megi

In the Philippines, at least 25 people have died as a result of landslides and floods caused by Tropical Storm Megi.

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Rescuers were still fighting to get individuals stuck on the eastern and southern beaches on Tuesday.

Megi, also known as Agaton, made landfall in the archipelago on Sunday, bringing gusts of up to 65 kilometers per hour (40 miles per hour).

It was the first of the year’s storms, with the Philippines seeing an average of 20 per year.

As the hurricane-ravaged, the east coast, more than 13,000 people fled to higher ground shelters.

Rain and strong winds knocked out electricity, flooded homes and crops, and triggered mudslides in villages.

Authorities and residents uploaded photos of rescuers trudging through muddy marshes and rafting down fast-flowing rivers in an attempt to reach remote parts of inundated homes.

Floods in the town of Abuyog, Leyte, shut off highways and flooded homes and structures.

The province of Leyte was one of the most hit, with 22 dead discovered after being buried by a landslide, according to local authorities in Baybay city on Monday.

At least three people have perished in the Davao region in the south, according to the national disaster service.

The storm’s intensity was expected to decrease on Tuesday.

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It comes four months after Super Typhoon Rai wreaked havoc on many of the country’s south-east islands in December, killing at least 375 people and hurting 500,000 more.

It was the worst storm to hit the Philippines that year, and experts say it intensified faster than expected.

Tropical storms have become more intense and powerful as a result of human-caused climate change, according to scientists.

Since 2006, the Philippines has been hit by some of the world’s deadliest hurricanes.

Because of its location, it has been named one of the countries most vulnerable to climatic calamities.


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