Tropical storm in southern Philippines killed 133 people

Vastavam web: The death toll from a tropical storm in the southern Philippines climbed swiftly to 133 on today, as rescuers pulled dozens of bodies from a swollen river, police said.Tropical Storm Tembin has lashed the nation’s second- largest island of Mindanao since yesterday, triggering flash floods and mudslides.Rescuers retrieved 36 bodies from the Salog River in Mindanao on Saturday, as officials reported more fatalities in the impoverished Zamboanga peninsula.

The bodies were swept downriver from a flooded town upstream called Salvador, Rando Salvacion, the Sapad town police chief, told AFP. Authorities in Salvador said they had retrieved 17 other bodies upstream.The death toll for the Zamboanga peninsula also rose to 28, and police said 81 people were missing after mud and rocks swept down coastal communities in Sibuco and other fishing towns.Tembin struck less than a week after Tropical Storm Kai- Tak left 54 dead and 24 missing in the central Philippines.