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Death Toll Mounts From Tropical Storm Halong

Manila - The death toll in a storm that battered the Philippines over the weekend has risen to 24 with nearly half a million people displaced, the Office of Civil Defence said Tuesday.

Storm Halong blew out of the Philippines overnight and headed towards Okinawa, Japan after causing landslides and flashfloods in northern and central provinces, the weather bureau said.

More than 416,000 people were displaced by Halong in at least five northern and central provinces, the Office of Civil Defence said.

Image: A farmer shows the almost-ready for harvest rice plants which he uprooted from his rice field which was flooded due to storm Halong Sunday May 18, 2008 in San Fabian, Pangasinan in northern Philippines. Tropical storm Halong sliced through the mountainous northern Philippines, blowing roofs off houses and toppling power poles, officials said Monday. (AP Photo)

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