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Four dead as storm hits southern Philippines

AFP  |  Manila 

Four people were killed in the today as a tropical unleashed heavy rain and triggered deadly landslides, police said.

Tropical Sanba slammed the of the main southern island of Tuesday with gusts of 75 kilometres an hour.

The heavy rain triggered landslides that hit mountain villages outside the mining town of -- 760 kilometres south of the capital -- killing four people, told AFP.

"These areas are currently inaccessible and we do not know the extent of the damage," he added.

The said the was expected to move swiftly northwest over the next 24 hours, bringing moderate to heavy rain across the

The archipelago nation is struck by 20 storms or each year on average, some of them deadly. Sanba is already the second major system to hit this year, and the first to cause casualties.

Tropical Storm Tembin killed 240 people in the region in December last year.

The country's deadliest on record is Super Typhoon Haiyan, which left more than 7,350 people dead or missing across the in November 2013.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 11:50 IST