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Death toll in Philippines floods touches 51, with more than a dozen people still missing

The massive floods in the Philippines have created havoc in the country, the death toll has reached 51 so far, and a report of 19 people missing is also being reported.

By wasmulhaq 
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Manila: The massive floods in the Philippines have created havoc in the country. The death toll has reached 51 so far, and a report of 19 people missing is also being revealed. As per the national disaster response agency on Monday, the affected people are not able to get on their feet.

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Residents in Misamis Oriental province in Northern Mindanao were seen on social media sweeping thick mud from their homes’ floors. Coconut trees were uprooted in the seaside village of Cabol-anonan, and huts made of light material were almost damaged.

Maximum disaster has taken place in the Northern Mindanao region in the south, with 25 deaths reported, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. Drowning and landslides were the main reasons behind most of the deaths and among the missing persons; most of them are fishermen whose boats capsized.

Although the water level has dipped in several flood-hit areas, bad weather has hit the central and southern Philippines badly and disrupted the Christmas celebration as well. It is expected that over 8,600 of the nearly 600,000 affected people have been kept in emergency shelters.

It is anticipated that over 4,500 houses, along with several roads and bridges, were damaged as well due to severe floods. The power and water supplies have been restored in numerous areas, the disaster management agency said. The government agencies have been dropping off food and other essential items to flood-prone areas, deploying heavy equipment to clear the debris, and providing iron sheets and shelter repair kits, officials said. Teams from Manila were dispatched to help communities with limited access to clean water set up water filtration systems.

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The government has kept 22 cities and municipalities on the disaster list, as stated by the disaster management council. Efforts are on a war footing to release emergency funds and accelerate rehabilitation efforts.

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