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Tropical storm kills 33 in Philippines

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MANILA, Philippines -- At least 33 people were killed in landslides, flash floods and other incidents caused by Tropical Storm Kai-Tak in the Philippines.

Twenty-three people died in landslides in three towns in the island province of Biliran, about 300 miles southeast of Manila, the local government said Sunday.

Twenty-five were reported missing and 10 injured in the landslides in the towns of Naval, Caibiran and Almeria, the government said.

Ten more victims died in landslides and flash floods in the nearby provinces of Leyte, Masbate and Camarines Norte, police and local officials said.

More than 220,000 people were affected by the storm, including more than 87,700 people forced to flee their homes, the national disaster relief agency said.

Kai-Tak struck the eastern Philippines Saturday. It weakened Sunday.

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The storm cut electricity in nearly 40 cities and municipalities, the national disaster relief agency said.

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