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BREAKING: More than 30 Dead After Boat Capsizes in the Philippines

At least 35 people are dead after a boat capsized Thursday in the Philippines.

Another 118 people have been rescued, and 20 people were still missing, the Philippine Red Cross reported.

The boat, the MV Nirvana with 173 passengers and 16 crew members, capsized in the waters off Ormoc City in Leyte, according to Red Cross Chairman Richard J. Gordon in a tweet on the relief organization's Twitter feed.

Gordon told CNN he understood the boat capsized due to heavy winds.

There were no official weather observations from that area, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls said.

Some storms did flare up in southern Leyte after 1:30 p.m., local time, Nicholls said.

"There was a large area of thunderstorms over Visayas so it is possible a gust front from these storms could have moved over the area, but it is hard to say without any observations," he said. "There will be scattered showers and thunderstorms around the area over the next few days."

The Red Cross was assisting Philippine government officials in the rescue and recovery efforts.