MANILA – TROPICAL storm Nock-ten dumped heavy rains across mountainous regions of the northern Philippines on Thursday, raising fears of more fatalities as the death toll rose to 35, with 25 missing.
Although Nock-ten passed into the South China Sea on Thursday morning, it continued to cause major problems in the remote north after causing a series of deadly landslides and floods across the main island of Luzon this week.
Nock-ten, which slammed into the east of the country on Tuesday, had claimed 35 lives, with another 25 people unaccounted for.
The latest recorded fatalities, two policemen and two government workers, were buried by a landslide in the north on Wednesday.
Earlier this week, the storm capsized boats and caused floods and landslides in large parts of Luzon, and forced the government to close schools in the capital of Manila and surrounding areas.
Storm signals have now been lowered as the storm moved further away from the country, the weather station said. However, Nock-ten has intensified in strength, packing maximum winds of 120kmh as it moves north-west, the weather authorities added.