Christmas Typhoon Leaves At Least Six Dead & 18 Missing In Philippines

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At least six people were dead and 18 others missing after Typhoon Nock-Ten lashed the Philippines over the Christmas holidays, the government said on Tuesday as it tried to assess the damage.

The unusually late storm first hit the eastern provinces on Christmas Day, flooding roads and farms, destroying homes and damaging ships as it crossed the archipelago, though the highly-populated Philippine capital was spared.

In the worst incident, a ferry known as the MV Starlight Atlantic sank off the coastal province of Batangas, killing one and leaving 18 crewmen missing, the coast guard reported after confirming the number of people on board.

Five others were killed by floods and falling objects knocked down when the storm hit, bearing gusts of 146 miles an hour, local officials said.

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