Ten more dead in Philippine floods

Flooding across southern and central Philippines last month claimed 75 lives.

Updated: Feb 05, 2011, 13:41 PM IST

Manila: Ten more people have been killed in floods and landslides after nearly a week of heavy rains in the southern Philippines, raising the death toll to 20, according to the government.

The remote, Muslim insurgency-wracked island of Jolo was the latest area to suffer from bad weather late Thursday, when flash floods and storm surges killed five people, said Jolo Mayor Amin Hussin.

As floodwaters ebbed on the main southern island of Mindanao, rescue workers unearthed the remains of five people who had been buried by landslides earlier in the week, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.

Some 73,000 people are still in evacuation camps after the latest round of heavy rains began to lash Mindanao on January 31, the council said in a bulletin.

It was the second time the region had been hit by torrential rains this year.

Flooding across the southern and central Philippines last month claimed 75 lives, according to the disaster council.

Bureau Report