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Floods, landslides kill 13 in southern Philippines

At least 132,000 displaced by torrential rains

Floods, landslides kill 13 in southern Philippines

Authorities prepare relief goods for flood victims. (Photo by Keith Bacongco)

ucanews reporter, Davao City

January 13, 2014

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At least 13 people were reported killed in the provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental following landslides and flash floods caused by heavy rains over Mindanao.

At least four other people were reported missing and 34 hurt in the landslides and flash floods. 

More than 132,000 villagers in 11 provinces were displaced, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported on Monday. 

Flood waters also damaged several bridges, according to Mayor Lina Bolo of Compostela town, which was one of the areas devastated when Super Typhoon Bopha hit the province in December 2012.

Governor Corazon Malanyaon of Davao Oriental said she received reports of deaths in gold mining areas in the hinterlands of the province.

She said most of the affected families are residents of coastal areas. 

“Navy boats could not reach the area to bring aid because of the waves while helicopters were hampered by the bad weather,” Malanyaon said in a radio interview.

The number of displaced people is expected to increase as authorities plan the forcible evacuation of residents living close to riverbanks in Davao del Norte.

“The level of waters is expected to rise and swell major rivers in the province due to water coming from the highlands,” said Romulo Tagalo of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center.

"As of now we are still in the rescue phase and monitoring the water levels," he said.

Authorities advised residents in several areas of Davao City yesterday to leave their homes. Volunteers were dispatched to rescue people living near river banks.

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