Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Death toll from Philippine landslides, floods up to 22

Space Daily via AFP: Twenty-two people have been killed and nearly 200,000 others evacuated as floods and landslides hit a southern Philippine region still recovering from a deadly 2012 typhoon, the government said Tuesday.

Torrential rain struck the eastern section of Mindanao island at the weekend, unleashing a fresh round of misery for survivors of Typhoon Bopha, civil defence officials said.

"Major rivers overflowed, causing people to drown in areas still recovering from Typhoon Pablo," local civil defence operations officer Franz Irag told AFP, using the local designation for Typhoon Bopha, which struck the region in December 2012. "Many of the victims had not managed to rebuild and were staying in temporary shelters when they were hit by fresh flooding," Irag said.

Weekend floods and landslides killed eight people in Davao Oriental province and five in Compostela Valley, Irag said....

US Navy photo of a 2006 mudslide in Southern Leyte

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