Floods hit south Philippines; 20 dead, 13 missing

Rescuers from the Comval Emergency Response Team continue their rescue operation following the flooding of Compostela Valley and nearby provinces in southern Philippines. Pic: AP.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Two days of heavy rains set off floods and landslides in the southeastern Philippines, leaving at least 20 people dead, 13 missing and thousands displaced, officials said Monday.

Most of the dead and missing came from floods and landslides that hit Compostella Valley and Davao Oriental provinces, said Maj. Reynaldo Balido, spokesman for the disaster-response agency.

A landslide Monday damaged five houses in Cagdianao municipality in Dinagat Island, off the northeastern coast of the main southern island of Mindanao, killing six residents including two boys aged 2 and 14, said police officer Elbert Ompoc.

Another man drowned in Agusan del Sur province’s Prosperidad township, on Mindanao, and seven others were missing, according to the civil defense regional bureau.[Full story]