'Santi' death toll rises to 27

Posted at 11/04/2009 7:57 PM

MANILA - Authorities on Wednesday reported eight more deaths from Typhoon Mirinae, which battered the storm-weary nation at the weekend, bringing the total number of those killed here to 27.

Seven fatalities were reported in Laguna province near Manila and one in Camarines Norte province southeast of the capital. The two provinces also accounted for 12 out of the 19 deaths previously reported.

Most of the dead drowned in floods that affected more than 300,000 people, the National Disaster Coordinating Council said in its latest update.

Six other people were missing it added.

Mirinae slammed into the Philippines' main island, Luzon, on Saturday, dumping heavy rain and bringing strong winds just weeks after tropical storm Ketsana and typhoon Parma left about 1,100 dead and tens of thousands homeless.

Mirinae went on to hit Vietnam as a tropical storm on Monday, killing 90 people and leaving a further 22 missing, according to local officials.