Death toll in Philippine flash flood rises to 27

16:59, June 30, 2011      

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The death toll from a flash flood that swept some parts of southern Philippines Tuesday night rose to 27.

"We found two (bodies) today," Benito Ramos, executive officer of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), said in a phone interview Thursday.

Ramos went to Davao City to inspect the flooded areas and help in recovering fatalities.

Of the 27 fatalities, 16 are children and infants. Ramos said, adding they're also searching for four people - including three children - who went missing after the flash flood hit this area.

The NDRRMC said about 12,714 families have been affected by the flooding, caused by several hours of downpour. A total of 50 houses were destroyed and 264 others were damaged. Ramos said all the evacuees have returned, except the 50 families living in the destroyed houses.

Ramos said the weather in Davao City was clear Thursday and workers were busy cleaning up the mess caused by the calamity. He said the situation in the area is normalizing.

Source: Xinhua
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