Four dead, six miss­ing in flash floods, land­slides in Philip­pines

The Myanmar Times - - Asean Focus -

A TROP­I­CAL de­pres­sion dumped heavy rain on the Philip­pines on Tues­day, flood­ing met­ro­pol­i­tan Manila and nearby prov­inces and caus­ing land­slides and flash floods that killed at least four peo­ple.

Six oth­ers were miss­ing, in­clud­ing five res­i­dents of La­guna prov­ince, where floods swept away a house next to a swollen river, dis­as­ter re­lief of­fi­cials said. The other miss­ing per­son was re­ported in nearby Cavite prov­ince, where sev­eral ar­eas were sub­merged.

Fi­nan­cial mar­kets, govern­ment of­fices and schools were closed and at least 21 flights were can­celed or di­verted.

The weather bu­reau said Trop­i­cal De­pres­sion Mar­ing made land­fall in eastern Que­zon prov­ince Tues­day morn­ing and was mov­ing north­west with winds of 60 kilo­me­tres per hour and gusts of up to 100kph. It warned that con­tin­ued mod­er­ate to heavy rain in Manila and nearby prov­inces along the storm’s path could trig­ger more floods and land­slides.

Dis­as­ter re­sponse of­fi­cial Elmer Espir­itu said two brothers aged 14 and 17 died when a land­slide cov­ered their home at the foot of a hill be­fore dawn in Tay­tay town near Manila. Of­fi­cials or­dered manda­tory evac­u­a­tions in risky ar­eas af­ter some res­i­dents re­fused to leave, he added.

In Que­zon prov­ince, a 2-month-old girl was killed and seven oth­ers were in­jured when a con­crete wall around a hos­pi­tal col­lapsed on three houses in Lu­cena city af­ter heavy rain soaked the soil at the wall’s base, of­fi­cials said.

Po­lice also re­ported that a 12-yearold girl drowned in met­ro­pol­i­tan Manila’s Pasay city while bathing in a river dur­ing the heavy down­pour.

Twenty-two pas­sen­gers on a bus stranded in flood­wa­ters were res­cued in Que­zon prov­ince, of­fi­cials said.

A stronger storm, Talim, was lo­cated 865km east of the Philip­pines’ north­ern tip and was mov­ing toward Tai­wan and eastern China.

Talim was due to make land­fall on Tai­wan late Wed­nes­day and of­fi­cials there were es­pe­cially con­cerned about mud­slides in moun­tain­ous parts of the is­land. Tai­wan’s govern­ment was con­tact­ing the heads of moun­tain vil­lages, ar­rang­ing free evac­u­a­tions to shel­ters, and mon­i­tor­ing rivers and mud­slide­prone ar­eas.

Talim is ex­pected to hit China’s south­east­ern coast ei­ther Thurs­day or Fri­day, China’s of­fi­cial Xin­hua News Agency re­ported. Coastal Zhe­jiang prov­ince or­dered lo­cal gov­ern­ments and emer­gency ser­vices to pre­pare for the storm and pos­si­ble flood­ing, China Na­tional Ra­dio said. – As­so­ci­ated Press

Photo: AP

A man pedals his bi­cy­cle along a flooded street in Manila, Philip­pines, on Tues­day.

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