>> Rescuers are digging for survivors with their bare hands after a huge tropical storm in the Philippines which killed more than a hundred people. Dozens more are missing after the storm hit the main southern island of Mindanao, triggering mudslides and flash floods.>>
> Houses were getting flooded but people could no longer leave their homes, this man said.
They got trapped by the strong waters, and they were swept away. Disaster officials said many residents ignored warnings to leave coastal areas and riverbanks. They say power and communication lines to the area were cut, complicating rescue efforts. Emergency workers, soldiers, police, and volunteers were desperately trying to find survivors and victims buried in the storm and restore the lines.
The Philippines is battered by about 20 typhoons every year, bringing death and destruction, usually to the poorest communities. Last week, 46 people were killed in the Central Philippines when a typhoon hit. Back in 2013, super typhoon Haiyan killed nearly 8,000 people and left 200,000 families homeless.