23 Jun '11, 10am

Ten missing as storm causes Philippine floods

Ten missing as storm causes Philippine floods

Children row a makeshift raft through flood waters in Malabon, Metro Manilla. -- PHOTO: REUTERS MANILA - TEN fishermen were missing and thousands of people were forced to flee their homes in the Philippines on Thursday as Tropical Storm Meari unleashed widespread flooding, rescue workers said. Several thousand travellers were stranded as flights were cancelled and ferries on the main island of Luzon were restricted to port amid the danger posed by Meari's strong winds, they said. The storm triggered heavy rains and flooding that forced more than 7,000 people to flee their homes in the Bicol peninsula of the main island of Luzon, said Raffy Alejandro, civil defence officer for the mainly rural region. Ten fishermen were declared missing after they failed to return to port, Mr Alejandro said, adding that heavy seas prevented authorities from launching a search operation. Avi...

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