Philippine landslides, floods kill 22: Twenty-two people have been killed and almost 200,000 evacuated as floods and landslides hit the southern Philippines, said the government on Tuesday.
The eastern section of Mindanao island was struck by torrential rains over the weekend, the same region that was hit by Typhoon Bopha in December of 2012, said reports.
“Major rivers overflowed, causing people to drown in areas still recovering from Typhoon Pablo,” local civil defence operations officer Franz Irag told AFP. Bopha was called “Pablo” in the Philippines.
“Many of the victims had not managed to rebuild and were staying in temporary shelters when they were hit by fresh flooding,” said Irag.
Eight people were killed in Davao Oriental province and five in Compostela Valley by the weekend floods and landslides, he said.
In addition, six people were killed in a landslide on the small southern island of Dinagat and three others drowned in nearby areas, civil defence official John Lenwayan told AFP by telephone, according to reports.
Over 194,000 people have had to flee their homes because of the bad weather, said Irag and Lenwayan.
Some of those who took refuge in government-run shelters began returning to their homes on Monday when the rains started abating, said the two officials.
The floods in Mindanao struck as the international rehabilitation effort continues for the central Philippine area destroyed by Super Typhoon Haiyan in November of 2013.
At least 7,986 were left dead or missing by Haiyan, according to the latest government figures, as bodies are still being recovered from under rubble.
The Philippines averages about 20 typhoons and storms each year which kill hundreds of people, but the past three years has seen some exceptionally ferocious storms and the casualties have been even higher than normal.
Bopha left 1,900 dead or missing in Mindanao, and floods from Tropical Storm Washi killed 1,080 in December 2011, according to government figures.