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Flash floods kill 11 in Philippines, 8 missing

Flash floods kill 11 in Philippines, 8 missing

Weeklong rains have triggered flash floods, landslides and sea surges across the Philippines, leaving at least 11 people dead and another 8 missing, officials said Wednesday.
Six family members were killed in a landslide over the weekend in Northern Samar province while a small boat with seven on board was reported missing in rough seas, the national disaster agency reported.
Other deaths included a man who drowned off central Panay island when his boat capsized in rough seas and a 15-year-old boy who was killed in a landslide in southern Cagayan de Oro city, officials said. Three more drowning deaths were also reported.
A man was also reported missing in a flooded town in central Leyte province, the agency said.
More than 21,000 residents have sought temporary shelter in evacuation centers, the agency said.
The local Red Cross said a powerful sea surge of nearly up to 10 feet (3 meters) washed away about 150 coastal houses in La Union province north of Manila on Sunday, but there were no casualties.
Philippine National Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon said the sea surge _ which usually accompanies a strong storm _ also was reported on southwestern Palawan island where 1,000 residents lost their homes and moved in with relatives.
The weather bureau said the disturbance was caused by the tail end of a cold front that has dumped heavy rains in the eastern and southern Philippines since Jan. 7.


Updated : 2021-08-05 12:35 GMT+08:00