Massive mudslides wiped out homes, including an entire mountain village, Saturday. Tembin, locally known as Vinta, was packing maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour and gusts of up to 59 mph, and is forecast to blow away from the southern Philippines on Sunday toward the South China Sea, moving closer to Vietnam. Thousands of villagers moved to emergency shelters and thousands more were stranded in airports and seaports after the coast guard prohibited ferries from venturing out.
Among the areas battered by Tembin was Marawi, a lakeside city in Lanao del Sur that is still recovering from a five-month siege by pro-Islamic State group extremists. At least 38 were killed in Lanao del Norte in Central Mindanao, including 18 people in the town of Tubod. The rains caused the Cabuyao river to overflow. The flood came with big rocks and uprooted trees. The Philippines is pummelled by 20 major storms each year on average, many of them deadly. But Mindanao, home to 20 million people, is rarely hit by these cyclones.