2 killed, 3 missing in Mindanao

Subscribe Now January 03, 2011 at 09:29pm

Two people have been killed and three others remained missing since landslide and flash flood hit southern Philippines Saturday, officials said today.

More that 1,500 people have fled their homes as rivers overflowed, inundating farmland and houses in Agusan and Surigao provinces, the regional disaster coordinating council for Caraga region said. In Bislig City in Surigao del Sur province, one person died due to drowning at a beach resort there on Sunday, local radio reported.

The victim, whose body was recovered today, apparently went swimming despite warning of big wave whipped by strong wind and heavy rain.

In Compostela Valley province, a 60-year-old woman died after a landslide buried her house at the mining village of Mount Diwalwal in Monkayo town on Sunday night, according to provincial police chief Aaron Aquino.

Three children were reported missing after being swept by floodwater in a swollen stream in Diwalwal today, Aquino told Xinhua by telephone, adding rescuers are now conducting search operations to locate the victims aged six to eight years.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has warned of heavy rain brought by the tail end of a cold front which could affect the central and southern parts of the country.

Source: philstar.com

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