Sunday, 24 December 2017

Philippines tropical storm :182 killed in flooding and landslides, police says

Mudslides and flooding triggered by a tropical storm in the Philippines have killed more than 200 people, police have said.
Dozens more are said to be missing.

Most of the deaths were in the provinces of Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur, and on the Zamboanga Peninsula, Romina Marasigan from the government's disaster response agency said.

The death toll rose throughout Saturday as officials pulled dozens of bodies form a swollen river. One man was killed by a crocodile while securing his boat, police said.

In the fishing village of Anungan, more than 30 people were swept away by flash floods. Sibuco town mayor Bong Edding said five bodies had been recovered so far.

"The floodwaters from the mountain came down so fast and swept away people and houses," Mr Edding said.

"It's really sad because Christmas is just a few days away. But these things happen beyond our control."

SKY      News.

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