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Southern Philippines landslides, floods kill 13

Publication Date : 13-01-2014


At least 13 people were killed and five were missing from rains and landslides in Davao region, southern Philippines, due to a low pressure area.

A report from Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Davao on Monday said the fatalities were from Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.
Thirty-four were also injured and nearly 120 houses were totally destroyed by the LPA, the OCD said.

The region was still reeling from the devastation of typhoon Pablo (international name: Bopha) in 2012. There were a total of 128,215 persons from Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley that were sheltered in 79 evacuation centres, it also said.

Several roads were impassable due to floods and landslides.  A bridge in Monkayo in Comval, the Bailey bridge in Depote Upper Ulip village, was washed out, while the rivers of Saug in Asuncion and Libuganon in Kapalong Davao del Norte also overflowed.

The LPA was last observed 70 kilometres southwest of Cagayan de Oro City, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said at its 10:30am weather advisory.

Pagasa said the LPA will bring cloudy skies with moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms over Caraga, Zamboanga Peninsula, Eastern and Central Visayas and Bicol region.

This will trigger flashfloods and landslides, it added.


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