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Families flee as floods hit southern Philippines
(Wednesday November 21 12:58 AM ET)
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Rising flood waters forced 29,000 people from their homes, washed out several roads and damaged 66 houses after several days of heavy rains in the central Philippines, officials said Wednesday.
The civil defense office said 23 villages in Negros Occidental province were affected and more than 4,800 families were forced into 218 evacuation centers in the area 310 miles southeast of Manila. At least eight houses were destroyed there and 49 were damaged, authorities said.
Flood waters carrying debris from the Mount Mayon volcano, which last erupted in June, also washed away nine homes in the central province of Albay, and authorities warned residents of possible mudslides.
Earlier this month, tropical storm Lingling killed more than 184 people in the southern Philippines before gaining typhoon force and heading to central Vietnam, where it killed 20 people and injured 83 others.
Floods Force Filippinos to Evacuate
(Saturday November 24, 2:46 PM)
MANILA (Reuters) - Around one thousand families were evacuated after heavy rains caused flooding in a town in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, officials said on Saturday.
Residents in two districts of El Salvador town in Misamis Oriental province, which is around 800 km (500 miles) south of the capital Manila, fled their homes when floodwaters swept through the area in the early hours of Saturday morning, regional civil defence director Casiano Matela said.
The official added that there were no reports of casualties or anyone missing, although the floodwaters devastated fish ponds and rice crops in the affected areas.
"The heavy rain began last night and by 4 am the Amoros River had overflowed and floodwaters swept through two barangays (villages)..the waters were higher than a man in some parts," he said.
The evacuated families had been given temporary shelter in parts of the town that escaped the floodwaters.
Matela said Tropical Storm Ondoy, currently situated northeast of Nortern Samar in the central Philippines, caused the torrential rain.
"We have not yet allowed the evacuees to return home as we expect more rain later today," Matela said, adding they would likely be allowed to go back on Sunday if the weather improved.
Along with Ondoy, Tropical Depression Pabling is also threatening Palawan in the western Philippines.
Early this month Tropical Storm Lingling swept through the country leaving hundreds dead and causing serious damage to sugar and rice crops.