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    Philippine death toll from rains, floods rises to 13

    CNA – The death toll from December 25 rains in southern Philippines has risen to 13, authorities said yesterday, with the search still on for 23 people as floods started to recede.

    Most of the deaths were caused by drowning from flash floods after two days of heavy rains disrupted holiday celebrations and forced more than 45,000 people to take shelter in evacuation centres, the disaster agency said.

    Images on social media show coast guard, police and fire personnel wading through waist-deep floods and carrying residents along landslide-hit areas. Some roads were flooded by overflowing rivers nearby.

    Rescue workers Rescue operations continued and damage to agriculture was being assessed, head of the disaster agency in Clarin town in Misamis Occidental province Carmelito Heray told DZBB radio station.

    There was no tropical storm in the mostly Catholic nation’s most important holiday.

    But a shear line, an area where warm and cold winds meet, caused rain clouds to form in southern Philippines.

    “The big damage here is livestock because their adult chickens, goats and cows are now gone,” Clarin town mayor Emeterio Roa said on radio.

    Residents of Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental use a ‘banca’ to negotiate flooded street following heavy rainfall over the weekend in parts of the Visayas and Mindanao. PHOTO: INQUIRER
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