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Philippines: Deaths from typhoon Vinta more than 200

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More than 200 people were killed as tropical storm Vinta unleashed strong winds and heavy widespread rain across southern Philippines Mindanao islands.

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Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippine Red Cross, in a tweet Saturday night, confirmed 156 deaths, 291 missing and 86 injured persons monitored by the organization.

Meanwhile, citing data from the Philippine National Police, Lanao del Norte province, one of the most devastated provinces reported at least 135 deaths, followed by the province of Zamboanga del Norte which posted at least 47 deaths mostly due to drowning or buried in landslides.

Other affected provinces, Lanao del Sur, Bukidnon, Iligan and Davao, reported 29 fatalities according to various local media outlets.

Leaving a trail of devastation in a large area of the country, officials have given conflicting death tolls as some areas are yet to be penetrated by response teams.

Massive landslides and flashfloods wiped out a remote village of 103 houses or about a population of 2,000 in Lanao del Norte.

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