45 people are killed by floods and landslides in the Philippines, which is close to Australia.
At least 45 people have died, and thousands of people have had to leave their homes because of flooding and landslides.
After a storm hit the Philippines last night, at least 45 people died and about 20 people are still missing.
Tropical Storm Nalgae, which the Philippines call “Paeng,” hit land on Saturday. Over the weekend, winds of up to 160 km/h blew through the Pacific nation, causing flash flooding and landslides.
Rescuers used rubber dinghies and canoes to try to get into flooded villages to look for people who were stuck in the rain and pull bodies out of the water.
According to The New York Times, the Philippines Department of Social Welfare and Development said that more than 409,000 people had been affected by the storm, and at least 61,000 had to leave their homes, including some in the capital, Manila.
The Social Welfare Department said that at least 40 people died in Bangsamoro, which is in the south of the country. This is where the flooding was the worst.
The area is pretty poor, and the mayor of Cotabato City, Bruce Matabalao, said that the storm had affected 330,000 people in his city alone. Bangsamoro was put in a state of emergency on Saturday.
Before Nalgae hit land, it was already causing trouble. On Friday, power went out in several cities and homes across the country were damaged.
A few months ago, on June 30, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. took office. He prayed for his people.
The President wrote on Twitter, “Our prayers are with those who have died.” He also prayed for “those who continue to be deeply affected by this disaster” and told people in the storm’s path to be careful.
Mr. Marcos Jr. has also said that his government is ready to give “immediate aid” to those who need it.
“Our top priority is to get clean drinking water and water purification systems set up, get the power back on, especially in hospitals and evacuation centers, and start clearing up right away so that aid can get to the areas where the typhoon did the most damage,” he wrote on Twitter late Saturday night.
More than 7,000 people had to leave their homes before Nalgae hit. Also, a lot of schools were shut down.
Despite the weather forecast, though, in many places there wasn’t a state of emergency.
Senate minority leader Koko Pimentel said, “This terrible thing that happened to our country makes me very sad.” He also said that a lot of local governments were “caught off guard.”
“Before today, Bangsamoro had never seen a flood of this size. People and local governments were caught off guard. “As their brothers and sisters, it is our duty to help them through this very hard time in their lives,” Mr. Pimentel said.
About 20 tropical storms hit the island country of the Philippines each year, on average. Typhoons often hit this part of the western Pacific Ocean, where the country is located.
The island of Luzon in the north of the Philippines was hit by Typhoon Noru last month. And when Tropical Storm Megi hit land in April of this year, it killed more than 120 people.
In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan killed more people than any other storm in the country.