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Flash floods kill 50 in Philippines

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BBC: Flash floods have killed at least 50 people as a tropical storm rages across the Philippines, officials say.
Most of the victims were on southern Mindanao island, including 40 around Iligan City, AFP news agency reported.
Many more people are reported missing and thousands of others have fled to higher ground.
Benito Ramos, head of the national disaster rescue agency, said reports were still coming in and the death toll was expected to rise.


He said 25mm of rain had fallen in 24 hours, causing rivers to burst their banks.
Mr Ramos said the victims included at least nine people in a single village in Lanao del Norte province as floodwaters struck in the middle of the night, trapping many residents in their homes.
“Massive flooding had been reported over the region, especially in Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro City,” he said, adding that tens of thousands of people had escaped to high ground.
Forecasters said the eye of Tropical Storm Washi had passed close to Dipolog City, west of Iligan City, early on Saturday and it was now heading out into the Sulu Sea.


Iligan Mayor Lawrence Cruz said floods had swamped at least 10 villages on the city’s outskirts.
“It happened so fast, at a time when people were fast asleep,” he told GMA television.
GMA broadcast dramatic footage of a family escaping their flood-hit home by climbing through a window.
Rescue workers were pictured helping survivors to safety in chest-deep floodwater.
The Philippines are struck by several major storms every year.
Typhoons Nesat and Nalgae battered the country within days of each other in September, leaving more than 100 people dead.

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