Storm leaves 4 dead in central Philippines, but spares southern region devastated by typhoon

At least four dead, thousands evacuated


A late season storm has left at least four people dead in separate incidents in the central Philippines but has spared a southern region that was devastated by a typhoon that killed more than 1,000 people weeks earlier.

The national disaster agency said in a report Thursday that three people died when a tree fell on their house in Eastern Samar province, where Tropical Storm Wukong made landfall on Christmas Day. Another person was killed in a landslide in Iloilo province.

Officials say heavy rain on mountains surrounding Kalibo, the capital of Aklan province on Panay Island, caused a river running through the city to overflow and triggered a flashflood late Wednesday. There were no casualties.

It was the 17th storm to hit the country this year.