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In pictures: Tropical Storm Megi hits the Philippines, killing at least 25 people

Philippine authorities said Monday at least 25 people died in landslides and flooding caused by Tropical Storm Megi as it struck the Southeast Asian country’s east and south coasts.

The storm made landfall on Sunday with sustained winds of up to 65 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 80 km/h. Megi is the first storm to hit the archipelago this year, which experiences about 20 such storms annually.

In eastern Leyte province, the bodies of 22 people have been recovered after being buried under a landslide, Baybay City Police Chief Joemen Collado told reporters.

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Rescuers carry a person injured in a landslide

The national disaster agency, which also said three people had died in the southern Davao region, said the reported casualties have yet to be verified.

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Rescue workers help a woman onto a raft during floods,

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A person reaches for a plastic bag in a flooded marketplace

“There were landslides in communities and then some of the victims were swept away by floods,” Collado said, adding that rescue efforts are underway as at least six other people are missing.

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People and children walk on a flooded street

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Philippine Coast Guard members stand on a flooded road

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

Tropical storm Megi is expected to weaken to 45 km/h and move back across the sea on Tuesday, the state weather agency said.

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A Philippine Coast Guard member carries a young girl

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