Philippines floods force 66,000 from homes

Philippines floods force 66,000 from homes

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Debris litter inside the passenger terminal, after one of its walls was destroyed in Legaspi City, Albay province, south of Manila on Dec 3, 2019, after Typhoon Kamurri battered the province. (Photo: Simvale SAYAT / AFP)

MANILA: The Philippines' north has been hit by some of its worst flooding in decades, with torrents of muddy runoff forcing 66,000 from their homes and prompting rescues of trapped locals, authorities said Friday (Dec 6).

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Luzon island, the nation's largest, has been hit by a string of storms that have battered its northern tip while monsoon rains were intensified by the passage of Typhoon Kammuri this week.

Large swaths of lush green land were inundated after rivers burst their banks, leaving only treetops visible above the waterline.

Kammuri's fierce winds toppled trees and flattened flimsy homes across a swathe of the
Kammuri's fierce winds toppled trees and flattened flimsy homes across a swathe of the nation's north on Dec 3, 2019. (Photo: AFP/RAZVALE SAYAT)

Death toll in Philippine typhoon rises to 10 as storm moves off (1)
Residents gather debris from their destroyed houses after typhoon Kammuri hit the city of Sorsogon, south of of Manila on Dec 3, 2019. (Photo: AFP/RAZVALE SAYAT)

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Landslides have cut off roads to some isolated towns and some bridges are covered by the flooding. However, authorities said they have not confirmed any deaths caused by the high water.

"This is one of the biggest floods in decades," Rogelio Sending, information officer for Cagayan province in the northeast of Luzon, told AFP.

The flood waters have have forced about 66,000 people to flee their homes, some of whom had to be rescued by emergency crews in boats, local disaster authorities said.

The north of the country has had heavy rains for nearly a month as part of monsoon season, which was worsened by at least three typhoons that have passed the Philippines since November.

Typhoon Kammuri pounded the storm-prone nation this week, leaving at least 13 people dead.

Source: AFP/aa

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