Death toll from Philippines tropical storms rises

STORY: Flash flooding and multiple landslides have killed at least 31 people in the Philippines.

Many more are still missing as heavy rains brought on by an approaching tropical storm hit the south of the country.

The authorities have already evacuated thousands out of Storm Nalgae’s path, which is packing winds of 47 miles per hour.

Disaster officials predict the storm could make landfall in central Philippines on Friday night (October 28).

Although the local weather bureau has warned the storm could intensify as it progresses.

And government officials in the southern Maguindanao province say rainfall has, so far, exceeded expectations.

In the province of Sultan Kudarat, also in the south, images released by the coast guard shows rescue workers using rubber boats to rescue residents trapped in chest-deep waters.

The storm has forced flight cancellations just as thousands of people were planning to travel to their home towns to observe All Souls Day on Wednesday (November 2).

Schools have also been shut and some ports seen operations paralyzed.

Landslides and floods are frequent in the Philippines.

That’s due in part to the growing intensity of tropical cyclones that regularly batter the country.

The Philippines sees an average 20 typhoons a year.