Philippines Hunts for 26 Still Missing After Weekend Weather Disaster

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Members of the Philippine Coast Guard assistance   residents affected by floods 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 assistance residents affected by floods during a rescue operation, successful Isabela, Basilan Province, Philippines, connected Dec. 27, 2022. (Philippine Coast Guard/Handout via Reuters)

MANILA—Rescue teams crossed 9 provinces successful the Philippines raced connected Wednesday to effort to find 26 radical missing aft play rains, floods, and landslides that person killed astatine slightest 25 people, successful 1 of its deadliest weather events this year.

The nationalist catastrophe bureau connected Wednesday said casualties reported truthful acold had accrued to 25 from 17 the erstwhile day, with astir deaths caused by drowning from flash floods.

“Search and rescue operations continue, led by the seashore defender arsenic astir of them were missing fishermen,” the catastrophe agency’s Diego Agustin Mariano told DZMM radio.

The rain-induced floods and landslides are dissimilar erstwhile disasters successful the Philippines, which are typically triggered by much terrible typhoons and tropical storms, of which the archipelago federation usually sees astir 20 each year.

The bureau besides recorded much than 300 flooded areas and 20 rain-induced landslides, which collectively person forced much than 80,000 radical to instrumentality structure successful evacuation centers. Most of the floods person since subsided.

Local media showed images connected Wednesday of radical crammed successful gymnasiums turned into evacuation centers and residents removing debris and cleaning up homes aft days of dense rains.

The authorities upwind bureau said occasional airy to mean rains volition proceed successful cardinal and confederate areas until Thursday.

Reuters