Two million Filipinos affected by floods
Church officials blame natural disasters on environmental destruction
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the floods affected 2,001,221 people in 190 towns and 18 cities.
The agency said 10,580 people are still housed in 61 evacuation centers around the country. More than 2,000 homes have been destroyed.
In Surigao del Norte province, the timely intervention of government workers saved a Catholic church and the houses around it from being washed away by rampaging flood waters during the weekend.
Church officials have blamed recent natural disasters in the Philippines on environmental destruction. Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales issued a statement urging the faithful to take care of the environment.
"We should learn how to respect it by putting a stop to senseless cutting of trees because we might suffer in the end," he said.
The government estimates that damage to property due to the flooding has already reached 2 billion pesos (US$45 million).
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