Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Philippines: 47 killed in storm, many missing

MANILA, Philippines ( Associated Press) – At least 47 people have died in flash floods and landslides triggered by torrential rains in the Philippines, while 60 people have died in an avalanche of water, mud, stones and trees in one of its southern provinces. There is a possibility of being buried. officials said on Saturday.

Naguib Sinarimbo, the Interior Minister of the Muslim-ruled Autonomous Region, said at least 42 people were washed away and drowned or hit by landslides in three towns in Maguindanao province from Thursday night to early Friday.

Five other people were killed as a result of Tropical Storm Nalge’s attack that struck the eastern province of Kemerin Sur early Saturday, the government disaster agency said.

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But by far the worst impact of the storm was a landslide laden with rainwater, stones and trees that buried dozens of homes in Kuisong, the tribal village of Datu Odin Sinsut town in Maguindanao, where 60 people are believed to have died. Were. Sinarimbo told The Associated Press by telephone, citing accounts of Kuisong villagers who survived the floods and landslides.

Rescue workers retrieved 11 bodies, mostly children, in Kusiang on Friday, the statement said.

“That community will be our ground zero today,” Sinarimbo said, adding that heavy machinery and more rescue teams, including volunteers, have been deployed along with elements of the army and police to bolster search and rescue efforts.

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The coastal city, which is located at the foot of a mountain, is accessible by land, sending more rescue teams on Saturday to deal with one of the worst weather disasters to hit the country’s south in decades, he said. Huh.

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