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Philippines storm: Nalgae (Paeng) death toll rises to 98, disaster management agency says

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is expected to fly over flood-hit districts on Monday to inspect the damage after Tropical Storm Nalgae swept through the Southeast Asian country over the weekend, killing at least 98 people.

More than half of the deaths have been recorded in the southern autonomous region of Bangsamoro, often due to rain-triggered landslides, the national disaster management agency said.

Some 63 people were missing, while 69 people were injured, the agency said.

The Bangsamoro area has claimed 53 lives and 22 people are still missing, a bulletin said.

Damage to infrastructure from heavy rains and strong winds was assessed at nearly 758 million pesos (about $13 million), while losses in agriculture were estimated at more than 435 million pesos.

Marcos is due to carry out aerial inspections of submerged villages in Cavite province near the capital Manila on Monday. The leader said he was shocked by the death toll, especially in Maguindanao province in Bangsamoro.

Nalgae, who has made landfall five times, was due to leave the Philippines later Monday and head for southern China.

The Philippines experiences an average of 20 typhoons a year, with frequent landslides and flooding due in part to the increasing intensity of tropical cyclones.

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