Digital Desk, Manila. The death toll from the powerful Hurricane Rai in the Philippines has risen to 12. This information was given by a disaster officer. The death toll is likely to rise as local authorities are still collecting data from the affected areas, Xinhua news agency reported.
Ricardo Jalad, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), said the 12 victims are residents of the central Philippines and northern Mindanao region. Local television showed footage of homes and buildings that were toppled by strong winds, which also fell trees in the affected provinces. Rai caused massive power cuts in the central and southern Philippines.
Typhoon Rai, the 15th powerful cyclone to hit the Philippines this year, struck on Thursday afternoon, bringing strong winds and heavy rain and flash floods, inundating villages and calling for rescue. Local authorities have rescued thousands of people a day before the storm hit the central Philippines and northern Mindanao region due to heavy flooding and the threat of landslides. According to the state weather bureau, Rai is causing winds of 150 kmph and 205 kmph. The storm is currently hovering over the coastal waters of San Vicente in Palawan province.
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