22 Jun '11, 5am

14 dead in widespread Philippine floods

14 dead in widespread Philippine floods

MANILA: Widespread flooding due to unusually heavy rains in many parts of the Philippines has killed 14 people in recent days, the government said Wednesday. A total of 10 people drowned in villages lining the Pulangui, one of 11 rivers on the major southern island of Mindanao that overflowed their banks, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said. In two other incidents on Mindanao, a girl drowned in Cotabato city and a man was killed by the overflowing Lanang River, the government agency said in its latest report. Two other deaths were reported on the main island of Luzon. Large areas of Mindanao recorded more than two and a half times the normal level of rainfall in the first half of June, said Edna Juanillo, a climatologist at the state weather service. "This is quite abnormal," she told AFP. The floods began two weeks ago and affected 59 Mindanao...

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