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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Philippines-Low Pressure Area in Mindanao Kills 14 People

At least 14 people were killed, 34 were injured, while 12 remain missing as non-stop heavy rains spawned by a Low Pressure Area (LPA) triggered floods and landslides in parts of Mindanao according to the authorities. Data released by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) showed that 26,081 families or 132,379 people in 10 provinces in regions 10, 11 and Caraga were affected by the continuous downpour. Of the 14 fatalities, 6 were reported in Compostela Valley province, 7 in Davao Oriental and 1 in Agusan del Sur. A report from the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in region 11 headed by retired Brig. Gen. Rirao indicated that 2 of those who died in Compostela Valley province were minors, aged 6 and 4. In Davao Oriental, 6 of the fatalities were identified as Misael Cabales, Ramil Legaspi, Nino Madindin, Roy Baron and Boy Arenas. Liza Mazo of the OCD in Caraga, on the other hand, indicated in her report that Melito Gortina, 19, of Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur died due to drowning. The OCD Caraga likewise reported 7 people missing- 2 of whom were carried by the strong current while crossing a river, while 5 were buried in separate landslides. 4 people were also reported missing in Compostela Valley and 1 in Agusan del Sur, as stated in the OCD Reg. 11 report. NDRRMC data showed 7 landslides incidents have been reported in separate areas in Mindanao during the weekend. Flash Floods were also reported in Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley, Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Norte. As of press time, the NDRRMC said 22 roads and 13 bridges were not passable.    
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