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Over 41 dead as typhoon hits Philippines

india Updated: Dec 02, 2006 06:40 IST

At least 41 people were killed and over 100 missing in landslides, floods and other accidents caused by typhoon Durian in the Philippines, officials said on Friday.

Mudflows and boulders tumbled into eight villages at the foot of Mayon Volcano in Albay province, 330 km southeast of Manila, causing the loss of lives.

Albay provincial Governor Fernando Gonzales said the death toll was still expected to rise because many people were still trapped under the debris.

"The situation is really bad," he said in a radio interview. "The death toll we reported is just in two villages, and there are definitely casualties in the other areas affected."

Legazpi City mayor Noel Rosal said that based on initial reports he received, more than 100 people were missing in the affected villages.

"Only the roofs of houses can be seen in these villages," he said. "The highway is closed now because of debris from the mudflows and boulders."

Gonzales said heavy rains brought by Durian loosened mud and volcanic debris that had hardened on the slopes of Mayon, causing the deadly landslides. Search and rescue teams have been dispatched to the area, but were battling difficult conditions, he added.

"Communication is down and many roads are closed due to landslides," he said.