Philippines storm Megi: Agaton’s demise toll rises as lots of of hundreds displaced

Philippines storm Megi: Agaton's death toll rises as hundreds of thousands displaced

Many of the deaths came in landslides and floods caused when the storm made landfall on Sunday, battering the eastern and southern coasts of the Philippines with sustained winds of up to 65 kilometers (40 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 80 kph (49 mph).

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said at least 29 people remain missing and eight others are injured.

More than 920,000 people have been affected by the storm, over 200,000 people displaced, while more than 35,000 were pre-emptively evacuated, the council said. Some 660 evacuation centers are in operation, it added.

The agricultural damage caused by Megi, known as Agaton in the Philippines, is estimated at more than $8 million (423.8 million Philippine pesos) as of Wednesday — twice the amount reported a day earlier, the Department of Agriculture said.

At least 6,557 farmers and 10,920 hectares of farmland have been affected with commodities including rice, corn and livestock hit by the tropical storm, the…