At Least Three People Killed, Hundreds Displaced After Tropical Storm Dante Hits the Philippines

Rescuers take residents to safer ground as floods caused by Tropical Storm Dante hit Maasin City in Southern Leyte province, central Philippines. The tropical storm has left at least a few people dead and displaced hundreds of people in the southern and central Philippines. / Philippine Coast Guard via AP

A tropical storm that hit southern and central Philippines has left at least three people dead and displaced hundreds of residents, according to news reports and government bulletins.

Tropical Storm Dante, also called Choi-Wan, triggered floods and landslides across the southwest region of the country. It hit central Masbate province early Wednesday, local time, with sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and gusts of up to 56 mph.

A 14-year-old from the town of Norala in South Cotabato Province is among the dead, according to The Associated Press. The young girl rushed outside with her father to a riverbank to rescue their farm animals during intense rainfall. They were swept away by strong currents, the news outlet said citing the Office of Civil Defense.

Others had to be rescued by the coast guard after homes were engulfed by floodwaters, the AP said.

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SOURCE: NPR, Jaclyn Diaz

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