Tens of thousands forced to flee after flooding in the Philippines

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Severe flooding has been brought on by heavy rains in the Philippines’ centre. According to the authorities on Wednesday, at least one person was killed by the floods. Tens of thousands of people were forced to flee their homes. North Samar was one of the worst-affected provinces in the Southeast Asian island state. Rescue workers were on their way to several towns and villages with rubber dinghies to save trapped people.
It had been raining in the region for a week. In the provincial capital of Catarman, significantly more rain had fallen in 24 hours by Tuesday morning than usual in a month. The water flooded homes, businesses, and shopping malls, transforming the streets into rivers. According to the National Disaster Management Authority, more than 43,000 people had to leave their homes due to the flooding.

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The fatality was also reported from northern Samar. In the village of Pambujan, a woman was killed by a tree during a landslide, Pedro Balanquit from the local disaster control authority told the AFP news agency. Two-story homes’ roofs were submerged in the area’s floods. “The rivers are still overflowing because water is flowing down here from the mountains,” said Balanquit.

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