25 dead, 55 rescued after boats capsized in Philippines

Manila, August 4 

At least 25 people were killed and six others reported missing after three boats capsized due to bad weather off the Philippines, the disaster management office said on Sunday.

Philippine police say rescuers have plucked more bodies in rough seas where three ferry boats capsized after being buffeted by fierce wind and waves off two central provinces.

Regional police spokesman Joem Javier says the dead were mostly passengers of two ferries that flipped over in sudden gusts of wind and powerful waves on Saturday off Guimaras and Iloilo provinces. Fifty-five other passengers and crew were rescued.

Javier said Sunday a third ferry, which was not carrying any passenger, also capsized in the Iloilo Strait but its four crewmen survived.

Forecasters have warned of heavy monsoon rains, thunderstorms and rain-triggered landslides amid a tropical depression more than 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) off the country's eastern coast.—AP