Death toll rises to 41 in Philippine storm

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Posted: Jul 29, 2011 3:18 AM
Death toll rises to 41 in Philippine storm

Officials say the death toll from a tropical storm that hit the Philippines this week has risen to 41, while 26 fishermen remain missing.

Civil defense chief Benito Ramos said Friday that Tropical Storm Nock-ten left more than 1 billion pesos (about $24 million) in damage to infrastructure and agriculture after sweeping through the northern Philippines.

Regional disaster officer Raffy Alejandro said all the major highways in the hard-hit Bicol region southeast of Manila are now clear of flood waters and debris and electricity has been restored in most areas.

Three coast guard vessels and a helicopter are searching waters off central Masbate province for 19 fishermen from a boat that capsized Wednesday. Another seven fishermen are missing elsewhere.