Toll rises in the Philippines typhoon to 41

Manila, Oct 22 (IANS) The toll due to the devastation caused by typhoon Koppu in the Philippines rose to 41 on Thursday with another 78 people injured, authorities said.

More than 260,800 families or about 1.2 million people have been affected by the typhoon that made landfall on Sunday morning.

The casualties came from six regions in Luzon, including Metro Manila, Xinhua quoted the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council as saying.

Five cities and 86 municipalities experienced power interruptions, while two domestic flights were cancelled. A total of 16 passengers are still stranded.

According to the agency, four cities and 14 municipalities have suspended classes on Thursday.

The estimated damage to agriculture and infrastructure has risen to $157.02 million.

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