The passage through the Philippines of tropical storm Kompasu, which would eventually become a typhoon, left at least 19 people dead, in addition to 14 missing, according to a new balance sheet released by the authorities.
In an earlier assessment, the Philippine authorities reported that nine were dead and 11 were missing due to the tropical storm, which turned into a typhoon when it was located some 340 kilometers south of Macau.
The impact of the typhoon in Macau was limited to less than a dozen occurrences and floods in the lower areas, unlike the neighboring city of Hong Kong, where there was one death and 20 injuries.
In the Philippines, hit hard by the tropical storm, most deaths occurred in Ilocos Sul province in the northwest of the country.
According to the France-Presse (AFP) news agency, the Philippine authorities still see 11 reported deaths, mostly in the mountainous province of Benguet.
Kompasu intensified the southwest monsoon that had already saturated entire areas of the country.
Heavy rains caused by the tropical storm lashed the most populous island in the archipelago, Luzon, damaging hundreds of homes and causing damage to the agricultural sector estimated at 1 billion Philippine pesos (€17 million).
More than 15,000 people have fled their homes to try to escape the storm, national disaster management agency spokesman Mark Timbal told AFP.
The rainfall was even greater than during the devastating typhoon Ketsana, which in 2009 claimed hundreds of victims, according to the spokesman.
“This just proves the effect of climate change on increasing these natural hazards,” he said.
Every year, around 20 storms hit the Philippines, an archipelago made up of more than 7,600 islands, devastating crops and infrastructure, helping to keep millions of people in poverty.