Radio Australia News 2005/03/18
The death toll from a tropical storm that hit the central Philippines this week has risen to 15, with at least 16 people still missing.
Local officials say a fishing boat sunk off Tarangan town on the eastern island of Samar, killing eight crew members and leaving up to 15 missing.
At least six people were killed and 13 missing after a freak storm tore through the Visayas region at dawn yesterday, rescue officials said.
Reuters Alertnet 2005/03/17
Tropical storm lashes central Philippines, 3 dead