Severe flooding leaves 42 dead in southern Philippines
Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 8:40 AM -
A powerful storm in the Philippines has left 42 people dead and forced more than 200,000 to leave their homes for emergency shelters.
Officials also said that there were at least 65 injured during the storm and that 8 people were missing.
A state of calamity has been declared by officials for 27 regions in the Mindanao island. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council addressed the country earlier today, reassuring them that troops were on their way to help those most affected.
The damage by the storm is estimated to be upward of $8 million so far, but that number could climb up to $9 million by the time the storm is over.
Many of those affected people residents who had already been left homeless by Typhoon Haiyan back in November 2013.
Roughly 20 typhoons hit the Philippines every year but Haiyan was one of those most powerful to make landfall, killing more than 6000 people. Bodies are still being found as of January 2014. By the time the powerful system moved out of the area it had affected at least 11 million people.
Flood victims are evacuated from heavy flooding brought by tropical depression "Agaton",southern Philippine. pic.twitter.com/XbI7rQDJq0— Avatar (@chennaidubokors) January 21, 2014