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Typhoon leaves 2 dead, 5 missing in Philippines

    Children dip in the rough water following a tropical storm "Mawar" which hit the area in suburban Navotas City northwest of Manila, Philippines, Saturday, June 2, 2012. Mawar has developed just northeast of Manila, Philippines. This system is expected to move northeastward on Sunday and strengthen into a category 1 typhoon with winds between 74 and 95 mph (119 to 153 kph). (AP Photo/Pat Roque)

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

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