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Christmas Storm Kills 41 in Philippines, Destroys Homes, Crops

Clarissa Batino

(Bloomberg) -- Typhoon Phanfone killed at least 41 people when it slammed into the central Philippines on Christmas Eve, with dozens still injured or missing, according to the agency which oversees disaster response.

The 21st cyclone to hit the Southeast Asian nation this year also damaged an estimated 1 billion pesos ($19.7 million) worth of crops and infrastructure, including more than 265,000 homes, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said in a Dec. 29 bulletin.

Typhoon Phanfone Continues to Threaten Philippines on Christmas

At least 28 people were hurt and 12 remain missing after Phanfone, according to the report. Six years ago, Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons recorded, struck the Philippines and killed more than 6,300 people.

--With assistance from Andreo Calonzo.

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