MANILA, Philippines, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Tropical Storm Son-Tinh killed at least 27 people in the Philippines, officials there said, as Vietnam and China readied for its onslaught with typhoon force.
The storm, called Ofel in the Philippines, struck its central and southern regions, triggering landslides and flooding.
The Philippines Star, quoting disaster risk management officials, said the death toll as of Sunday had risen to 27 people.
The storm also injured 19 others and displaced more than 11,000
others. The worst hit were the Mimaropa, Calabarzon and Visayas
regions. More than 11,430 people remained in evacuation centers.
Meanwhile, China's Xinhua News Agency Monday reported five people
were missing after their boat was hit by Typhoon Son-Tinh's strong
winds in the South China Sea off Sanya on southern Hainan province.
The report said the local sea rescue center in Sanya received a
report Sunday that the boat, which had no power, had partially gone
under near a cargo terminal.
Sanya's maritime safety administration said a search team of helicopters and rescue vessels had been dispatched to the area.
Separately, Xinhua reported more than 80,000 people in Hainan
province had been relocated with the typhoon pounding the region with
gale force winds and rains since Saturday.
Authorities have suspended train services and shipping across the
Qiongzhou Strait that links the Hainan island with Guangdong Province
due to high winds and rains.