Over 8,000 displaced by floods in southern Philippines

11:21, January 04, 2011      

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Over 8,000 people have been displaced by flash floods and landslides brought by heavy rain in southern Philippines, officials said Tuesday.

Two low lying towns, Talayan and Datu Anggal Midtimbang, in Maguindanao province were submerged by floodwaters Monday, prompting residents to evacuate, said Zorahayda Taha, regional director of Department of Social Welfare and Development, adding evacuees were provided with relief assistance.

More than 2,000 people have fled their homes as rivers overflowed, inundating farmland and houses in Agusan and Surigao provinces.

The death toll from flooding rose to four, officials said.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has warned of heavy rain brought by the tail end of a cold front which could affect the central and southern parts of the country.

Source: Xinhua

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