Six dead as storm batters Philippines

A tropical storm has left six people dead and nine missing in the Philippines and is heading towards Vietnam and southern China.

Civil Defence chief Benito Ramos says the fatalities include an 88-year-old woman who died of hypothermia, a 77-year-old man hit by a falling tree, both in the central Philippines, and a child who had gone swimming in the storm.

Ten people were also injured as the storm triggered floods, landslides and maritime accidents, said Ramos.

Four of the missing were fishermen who had put to sea despite warnings. Another child who had gone swimming during the storm was also among the missing.

Son-Tinh battered more than 30 provinces in the central, eastern and southern Philippines and power was cut in some central and eastern provinces.

More than 30,000 people stranded at seaports and airports were expected to resume their journeys after storm warnings were lifted on Friday and floodwaters began subsiding.

The Philippine weather bureau says tropical storm Son-Tinh entered the country early on Wednesday.

It was located about 440 kilometres west of northern Zambales province at midday on Friday, moving at 22km/h. It had sustained winds of 75km/h and maximum winds of 90km/h.

It was forecast to hit China as a typhoon late on Saturday, the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Centre said.

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