Tropical Storm Nalge has killed at least 45 people and injured dozens more in the Philippines, the country’s disaster agency said on Saturday.
An additional 14 people are missing after a storm, locally known as the Pane, made landfall on Friday and brought winds of 75 kilometers (46 miles) per hour.
The 72 death toll was originally released by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council before being revised. The group accused local authorities of “overestimating” the first figure, according to state media.
Southern states and cities were hit hardest by the storm. A ‘disaster state’ has been declared in Cotabatao City, Mindanao, with about 67,000 residents affected by the storm.
The Disaster Council reported that the nearby town of Upi, with a population of just 60,000, was flooded, forcing thousands to seek refuge in higher ground.
Overall, officials said nearly 185,000 people nationwide were affected by the storm, leaving more than 8,000 temporarily homeless.
Photos and videos from the search and rescue operation showed bodies being pulled from the water and thick mud, and residents trapped on rooftops.
The storm is expected to hit the capital Manila and neighboring provinces over the weekend, according to the provincial meteorological agency, as the Nalge moves through the main island of Luzon and into the South China Sea.