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Natural Disasters in Philippines, Brazil and U.S.
Pyongyang, January 12 (KCNA) -- The death toll from a recent landslide that hit a gold-rich mining township in southern Philippines rose to 30 as search operations continued, officials said Sunday.

The governor of Compostela Valley province in Mindanao said at least 30 bodies had been recovered and rescuers were still looking for 44 people who went missing following the landslide that hit Napnapan village, Pantukan town.

Meanwhile, at least six people died on Monday in landslides caused by storms in Rio de Janeiro state, southeastern Brazil, authorities said. The Civil Defense estimates that some 20 people are still missing in the site. In neighboring Minas Gerais state, the situation is worse, and the storms have already caused 15 deaths. About 12 900 people had to leave their homes.

In the U.S., city roads were flooded and thousands of Houston residents lost power Monday after powerful thunderstorms plowed through the area, with a possible tornado damaging and shutting down a nearby mall.

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