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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Storm Slams Philippines

SAN FERNANDO, Philippines () -- President Fidel Ramos on Monday placed 29 Philippine provinces and 28 cities under a state of calamity after tropical storm Sybil killed more than 100 people, with another 100 reported missing.

Ramos also ordered the release of $1 million from state funds to rebuild ravaged areas as the authorities launched what the state news agency called the country's biggest air and land operation to rescue thousands trapped by floods and mudflows.

Hardest hit was the northern town of Cabalantian in Pampanga province, where more than 50 people died after the storm triggered floods and six-meter high mudflows from the Pinatubo volcano over the weekend, a local official said.