Philippines: Deadly landslides and flooding
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 2:51 PM -
The death toll from flooding and landslides in Mindanao caused by rain rose to 15 Tuesday, with 13 others missing.
The inclement weather has grounded domestic air travel, with Cebu Pacific cancelling six round-trip flights between Manila and Cagayan de Oro as of 8 a.m.
The NDRRMC also said at least 34 persons were injured by the floods and landsides, which have affected 199,327 people.
At least 160 houses were destroyed and another 146 damaged, while 34 roads and 17 bridges were impassable, the disaster response agency also said.
The weather has also prevented small ferryboats from plying their routes, leaving 177 passengers stranded in Camarines Sur and Cebu ports.
TENSIONS HIGH IN TACLOBAN CITY
Meanwhile, hundreds of kilometres away tensions are said to be high in Tacloban, fueled by social media reports of heavy rain across the country.
The city has barely begun to recover from Typhoon Haiyan.
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Grace Lagunzad, 37, resides in a flood-prone area. She says she has already wrapped her belongings due to the possibility of water entering her house.
"We are scared by the strong rain, especially since there are rumors of a stronger storm striking [nearby regions]," Laguzad told interaksyon.com.
She was referring to text messages and posts on Facebook warning of the supposed storm.
The spreading rumor prompted City Risk Reduction and Management Office spokesman Isabelo Lagutan to assure citizens of Tacloban that "all the information coming from text messages are untrue. People should only believe [reports] if authorities speak about it."
He also appealed to the originators of the hoax to stop spreading fear among a populace still traumatized by Haiyan's devastation.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said chances of a major storm, while there, are slim because of the "cold" northeast monsoon.
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