1000s Evacuate Mindanao Floods, Philippines

A low pressure areas brought huge amounts of rainfall to Mindanao, southern Philippines, causing flash flooding and landslides. 13 people have been reported as killed as a result of floods or landslides and over 4,500 have been evacuated.

As much as 267mm of rain fell in Surigao in 24 hours between 11 and 12 January. As much as 161 mm fell in the same period in Maasin City.

132,379 people have been affected. The thirteen deaths were in Davao and Compostella Valley. There are 7 people still missing. 37 people have been reported as injued in the flooding, and 22 roads and 13 bridges made impassable.

River levels are now of grave concern. In Agusan del Sur, as many as 1,215 people were evacuated as a result of the swollen Agusan River. Over 1,000 people have been evacuated in Compostella Valley where the areas along the Manat River are particularly at risk.

Some areas of Mindano have seen heavy rainfall for 5 days. Further rainfall is expected.

The rain has also affected areas of Visayas, where many of the victims of Typhoon Haiyan are still living in tents and temporary accommodation.

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Sources: Minda News; Manila Standard Today