Hundreds feared dead following Philippines floods

17th Dec 2011
Hundreds feared dead following Philippines floods

More than 200 people are feared drowned following flash floods in the southern Philippines.

Hundreds more are still missing after a tropical storm struck Mindanao island, many in Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro.

Many thousands of people have fled to higher ground.

Benito Ramos, head of the national disaster rescue agency, told the BBC flood waters were still rising with more deaths expected.

“Massive flooding had been reported over the region, especially in Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro City,” he said in an interview.

Residents were trapped in their homes as floods struck overnight.

Rivers burst their banks after 25mm of rain fell in 24 hours.

Swathes of the country were left without power.

Domestic flights in and out of the region were cancelled as winds hindered rescue efforts.


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