Floods, landslides kill 11 in Visayas

ELEVEN persons were killed while thousands of families were displaced from their homes by floods and landslides brought by incessant rains in southeastern part of the country.

Latest updates by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) on Sunday, March 20, said that floods and landslides  killed eight persons in Tacloban City, two in Bohol and one in Leyte.

Four other persons in Leyte and Surigao del Norte were reported missing from floods and landslides that destroyed or damaged a total of 118 houses in Bohol, Leyte, Misamis Oriental and South Cotabato.

The NDRRMC update added that around 29,682 families or 148,548 persons from 463 villages from Bohol, Leyte, Samar provinces, Misamis Oriental and South Cotabato were affected by incessant rains that brought floodings and landslides.

The evacuation of affected residents were conducted jointly by personnel from the Armed Forces (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and local government personnel in the affected provinces.

Several roads and bridges in the affected provinces are still unpassable due to floods and landslides, thus hampering the search and rescue efforts and delivery of relief supplies for affected families. Anthony Vargas


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