Death toll from Philippine typhoons hits 101

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Posted: Oct 08, 2011 10:59 PM

MANILA (Reuters) - The death toll from the two strong typhoons that cut across the north of the Philippines' main island and left behind widespread flooding has risen to 101, the national disaster agency said Sunday.

Typhoon Nesat hit the Philippines on September 27 and was followed on October 1 by Typhoon Nalgae. Both crossed agricultural provinces of northern Luzon, with crop damage estimated at about 12 billion pesos ($275 million).

Nesat was the more destructive of the two, bringing widespread flooding to provinces north of Manila that is still to recede fully. The typhoon killed 82 people, the disaster agency said in a Sunday morning update.

The death toll from Nalgae was 19, and 27 people were still missing after the storms. The main cause of death was drowning.

The Philippines may have to buy more rice imports than it had planned for next year due to the crop damage, government officials have said.

(Reporting by John Mair; Editing by Daniel Magnowski)