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More Than 180 Dead in Philippines Storm
« on: December 17, 2011, 08:39:05 PM »
Officials say the death toll from a slow-moving tropical storm has surged to more than 180 people, with around 400 missing across vast regions of the southern Philippines.

Tropical Storm Washi hit the southern region of Mindanao overnight, blanketing the area with heavy rain and high winds.

The chief of the national disaster rescue agency, Benito Ramos, said Saturday that officials are still getting reports from the field and that the number of casualties would probably rise.

The storm has displaced thousands from their homes.

Forecasters say Washi is expected to blow out of the country late Sunday.

Officials in the city of Iligan said many people were caught by surprise when floodwaters rose fast, forcing residents onto the roofs of their houses.Authorities say a popular radio commentator was among those swept away by the floodwaters.
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At least 430 people have Dead in Philippines Storm
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2011, 11:50:39 PM »
Hundreds die as tropical storm Washi sweeps across Philippines

The major ports of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, on the north coast of the island of Mindanao, were worst hit by tropical storm Washi.

Many of the dead were swept out to sea. Others were buried alive as mud cascaded down mountain slopes. Water levels rose three feet in less than an hour, forcing thousands to climb on to the roofs of their homes where they huddled against wind speeds reaching 55 miles per hour.

Lawrence Cruz, mayor of Iligan, said: “It’s the worst flood in the history of our city. It happened so fast, at a time when people were asleep.”

Officials said 20,000 soldiers had been mobilised in a huge rescue and relief operation to assist 100,000 people who fled their homes.

Marlyn Manos, an Iligan resident, recounted how she and her children watched in terror from their rooftop as floods washed away neighbours’ homes.

“All the small houses behind ours were destroyed, and many of my neighbours are missing,” she said.

Benito Ramos, the executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Manila, said some residents had been unprepared.

“Storms rarely hit this area and people probably became complacent even though they knew it was heading their way,” he said.

Eric Carillo, an Iligan resident, said heavy rain had started late on Friday but his family, who emerged alive from the floods, were not unduly alarmed and did not seek higher ground.

“I’ve been around for 47 years and this was the worst flooding I have ever experienced,” he added.
Aerial views of aftermath of Philippines typhoon 17/12/2011
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Mass burial for Philippines floods victims
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2011, 09:51:32 AM »
A mass burial has been organised in the Philippines for scores of people killed by flash floods on the southern island of Mindanao.

Health officials in the city of Iligan say unclaimed bodies are being buried after being marked for possible future identification.

Coastal communities were devastated early on Saturday in flash floods triggered by a tropical storm.

More than 650 people were killed and another 800 people are still missing.

Damaged roads are hampering efforts to reach survivors in remote villages.

Officials in Iligan said they were preparing to bury unclaimed bodies in a mass grave as early as Monday because of their advanced state of decomposition.

The ports of Iligan and nearby Cagayan de Oro bore the brunt of the flooding.

Health officer Liddy Villarin said the body bags would be marked for possible exhumation.

"We will put markings on the cadaver bags which will give the physical features of each body before they put them in the mass grave," she said.
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