Philippines Floods, Landslides Kill 44 After Christmas Day Rains

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Members of the Philippine Coast Guard wade done  a flooded thoroughfare  during a rescue operation, successful  Isabela, Basilan Province, Philippines, connected  Dec. 27, 2022. (Philippine Coast Guard/Handout via Reuters)

Members of the Philippine Coast Guard wade done a flooded thoroughfare during a rescue operation, successful Isabela, Basilan Province, Philippines, connected Dec. 27, 2022. (Philippine Coast Guard/Handout via Reuters)

MANILA—The decease toll from flooding and landslides caused by Christmas Day rains successful the confederate Philippines roseate to 44, with 28 others inactive unaccounted for, the nationalist catastrophe bureau said connected Friday.

Damage to infrastructure and crops has been estimated astatine 1.36 cardinal pesos ($24.4 million), it said successful a bulletin.

Heavy rains submerged villages, towns, and highways successful the Visayas and Mindanao regions connected Christmas Day, forcing much than 50,000 radical to fly their homes.

The floods had subsided but intermittent rains continued, the bureau said.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said helium whitethorn sojourn the stricken areas to measure the concern aft his scheduled travel to China from Jan. 3 to 5.

“Unfortunately, the rainfall continues. So we person to support watching the different areas also,” a statesmanlike palace connection quoted him arsenic saying.

Reuters