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Typhoon leaves 15 dead, several missing in north Philippines

A typhoon blowing out of the northern Philippines has left at least 15 people dead and several others missing.

In a gold-mining village, which was among the places struck, more than 100 rescuers scrambled to dig through a mudslide for possible survivors.

Government forecasters said Typhoon Goni was last tracked at sea about 430 kilometres (267 miles) north east of Basco town in Batanes province on the archipelago's northernmost tip.

It had sustained winds of 140 kilometres (87 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 170 kph (105 mph).

The typhoon was forecast to lash southern Japan within 24 hours.

Most of the deaths were reported in Benguet province, where landslides killed 11 people, including at least three miners.

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