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More than 200 killed in Philippines mudslides and floods as storm hits
A tropical storm in the Philippines has triggered mudslides and floods killing more than 200 people with many others reported missing, police and disaster officials said on Saturday.
The casualties from storm Tembin, most of which occurred on Friday, were all on the main southern island of Mindanao.
A search and rescue operation is underway for more than 30 people swept away by flash floods in the fishing village of Anungan in the south-east of the island, where five bodies have already been recovered.
“The floodwaters from the mountain came down so fast and swept away people and houses,” said Bong Edding, mayor of Sibuco in Zamboanga del Norte province. “It’s really sad because Christmas is just a few days away, but these things happen beyond our control.”
Edding blamed years of logging in the mountains near Anungan for the tragedy, adding that he and other officials would move to halt the logging…
Deadly Philippines superstorm triggers mudslides and flooding, killing scores
Tropical Storm Tembin has claimed at least 230 lives across the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, police said early Sunday, as rescuers continue to search for more bodies. Scores of people are reported to be still missing.
The storm hit the Philippines’ second-largest island on Friday, triggering flash floods and mudslides. While the Philippines is typically battered by an average of 20 major storms per year, they rarely hit Mindanao, which is home to 20 million people.
Rescuers recovered 36 bodies from the Salog River in Mindanao so far, and officials said another 28 deaths were reported on the impoverished peninsula of Zamboanga.
Meanwhile, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said that 70,000 had been displaced as a result of the tropical storm….
EU offers help as disasters batter Philippines before Christmas
The European Union said it is ready to help the Philippines as the country was battered by tragedies and natural calamities a couple of weeks leading up to Christmas.
EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen, in a Facebook post on the EU Philippines page, said the bloc as a longstanding ally of the country is ready to assist either by humanitarian assistance or by use of their development funds.
“It was with great sadness that I, during the past week, saw the devastation and loss of lives caused by Vinta, Urduja, the fire at the NCCC in Davao and the sinking of the Quezon ferry,” Jessen said.
“The sadness is felt even more deeply as the tragedies all took place at a time where families were preparing to join each other to celebrate Christmas – a time of traditional peace and joy,” he added.
Tropical Depression Urduja and Typhoon Vinta had hit the country leaving hundreds dead…