At least 5 killed as storm lashes northern Philippines


BAGUIO, Philippines — A tropical storm lashed the mountainous northern Philippines on Sunday, killing at least five people in landslides and floods, blowing roofs off houses and toppling power posts, officials said. Rescuers pulled a villager alive from a hut buried by a landslide amid pounding rain from Tropical Storm Halong on Sunday, but he died while being taken to a hospital in the mountain township of Itogon in Benguet province. Five others were injured in landslides in the region, officials said.

In nearby La Union province, two men were killed Saturday when they were hit by iron sheets blown off houses at the height the storm. Two other villagers drowned, including a man who was swept to sea by floodwaters, according to La Union’s Disaster Coordinating Council.