13 Nov '11, 2am

30,000 villagers flee floods in south Philippines (via ST iPhone App)

(PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Heavy rains since Tuesday turned more than a dozen Philippine villages in Davao del Norte (southern Mindanao) into virtual water worlds, officials said on Thursday. In the rice-producing town of Carmen town alone, waist-deep water dumped by the swollen Lasang River drove about 30,000 people from 16 villages to safer grounds, Octavio Valle, municipal administrator, said. 'Hectares of rice lands were also submerged,' Mr Valle said. He said the water level in some areas subsided as of Thursday but majority of the flooded villages remained under knee-deep water.

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/SEAsia/Story/STI...

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