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Philippine storm toll hits 52 as more go missing
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Manila (AFP) July 31, 2011

Four children killed in Indonesia landslide
Jakarta (AFP) July 30, 2011 - Four children were killed and two more injured in a landslide in a village in Indonesia's South Sumatra province, an official said Saturday.

"The children were playing under a steep slope when the landslide occurred on Friday," disaster management agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

Nugroho said that one of the children who died was seven years old, while the other three were ten years old.

"The landslide was triggered by heavy rainfall," he said.

At least 148 people were killed when flash floods smashed through Teluk Wondama district in Papua late last year.

The death toll from tropical storm Nock-ten rose to 52 in the Philippines even as another approaching storm left two more people missing, the civil defence office said Sunday.

Tropical storm Mufia was on Sunday still about 990 kilometres (614 miles) east of the country, but it has influenced the local weather, causing heavy rains and a tornado, said civil defence deputy officer Florentino Sison.

As Mufia approached, a fishing boat with eight men on board capsized due to strong rain just north of Manila last week, leaving two men missing and feared dead, said Sison of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Another person was injured by a freak tornado in the same area on Friday, also due to Mufia's influence, he added.

"It (Mufia) did not have a direct effect but it has affected the local weather situation, causing a tornado, flooding and heavy rains, leading to the mishap with the fishermen," Sison told AFP.

Mufia, named after a Chinese flower, is moving northward and is not expected to hit land, he added.

Meanwhile, the death toll from Nock-ten's rampage through the country in the previous week rose to 52 dead and 27 missing as more reports came in from storm-hit provinces in the archipelago.

Most of those killed were drowned or buried in landslides, while virtually all of the missing were fishermen who vanished at sea when the storm hit from Tuesday to Thursday, the council said.

Nock-ten, named after a Laotian bird, blew out into the South China Sea on Thursday, but over 121,000 people are still housed in government evacuation centres due to flooding left by the storm, the council added.

An average of 20 storms and typhoons, many of them deadly, hit the Philippines annually. Nock-ten was the 10th this year.

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One dead as tropical storm hits Vietnam
Hanoi (AFP) July 31, 2011 - Tropical Storm Nock-ten, which left more than 50 people dead as it swept through the Philippines, killed one person when it hit northern Vietnam, an official said Sunday.

The storm arrived late Saturday in the provinces of Thanh Hoa and Nghe An, where 40,000 people had been evacuated in advance, but one man was killed when electric poles were pulled down in the bad weather.

"A 68-year-old man died by electrocution in the Anh Son district of Nghe An province," said an official at the national flood and storm control committee.

The storm's consequences were described as "not considerable" by Nguyen Xuan Hung, head of the office dealing with natural disasters in Nghe An, after Nock-ten arrived weaker than it had been in the Philippines.

Vietnam's flood and storm season, which can last until late October, claims hundreds of lives every year and causes huge material losses.

At least 22 people were killed during heavy rain and storms in the north in June, officials said, including 12 who were struck by lightning while working in rice fields.

The toll in the Philippines from Nock-ten, named after a Laotian bird, rose to 52 dead and 27 missing as more reports came in from storm-hit provinces in the archipelago, officials there said Sunday.

Most of those killed were said to be drowned or buried in landslides, while virtually all of the missing were fishermen who vanished at sea when the storm hit from Tuesday to Thursday.

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