POSTED: 07:22 a.m. HST, Jun 03, 2012
MANILA, Philippines >> Disaster-response officials say the first typhoon to hit the Philippines this year has left two people dead, five missing and 16 others injured.
Office of Civil Defense administrator Benito Ramos and the weather bureau say Typhoon Mawar was blowing away off the mountainous northern Philippines Sunday toward southern Japan with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour and gusts of up to 93 mph.
Ramos says two children drowned in a swollen river in western Palawan province, which was not directly hit by the typhoon but was lashed by heavy rains.
He says five men, mostly fishermen, are missing and 16 people were injured in stormy weather.
About 20 storms batter the country each year