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Disaster Storm Megi: Photos reveal devastation as at least 25 left dead in Philippines

Megi is the first storm to hit the archipelago this year, which sees around 20 such storms annually

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Rescuers carry a person injured in a landslide

Rescuers carry a person injured in a landslide

Rescue personnel assist a woman amidst flooding

Rescue personnel assist a woman amidst flooding

A person grabs a plastic bag at a flooded marketplace

A person grabs a plastic bag at a flooded marketplace

Rescue personnel assist a woman onto a raft amidst flooding,

Rescue personnel assist a woman onto a raft amidst flooding,

People and children walk on a flooded road

People and children walk on a flooded road

Members of the Philippine Coast Guard stand on a flooded road

Members of the Philippine Coast Guard stand on a flooded road

A member of the Philippine Coast Guard carries a young girl

A member of the Philippine Coast Guard carries a young girl

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Rescuers carry a person injured in a landslide

Philippine authorities said on Monday at least 25 people had died in landslides and floods caused by tropical storm Megi as it hit the eastern and southern coasts of the Southeast Asian country.

The storm made landfall on Sunday with sustained winds of up to 65 kilometres (40 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 80 kph (49 mph).

Megi is the first storm to hit the archipelago this year, which sees around 20 such storms annually.

In the eastern province of Leyte, the bodies of 22 people were recovered after being buried under a landslide, Joemen Collado, police chief of Baybay city, told reporters.

The national disaster agency, which has also said three people had died in the southern Davao region, said the reported casualties are still subject to verification.

"There were landslides in communities and then some of the victims were swept by floods," Collado said, adding that rescue operations are ongoing as at least six more people are missing.

Images shared by the local fire bureau on Monday showed rescuers wading through near partially submerged homes and digging for survivors in a landslide-hit area.

Tropical storm Megi is expected to weaken to 45 km per hour and move back out over sea on Tuesday, the state weather bureau said.

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