Friday, December 16, 2011

Flash flood kills 3 in Southern Philippines - 16th Dec 2011

Philippine disaster officials say at least three people have been killed in a flash flood as a late season tropical storm blew through the southern Mindanao region.

Zamboanga del Norte provincial disaster officer Dennis Tenorio said Friday that an 80-year-old woman drowned in the flooded first floor of her home on the banks of the swollen Dipolog river in Polanco township early Thursday. He says a 30-year-old man and an 8-year-old boy also drowned.

Weather bureau spokeswoman Venus Valdemoro says Tropical Storm Washi made landfall at 2:30 p.m. (06:30 GMT) Friday in Davao Oriental province's Banganga township, about 625 miles (1,000 kilometers) southeast of Manila.

Back-to-back typhoons in September left more than 100 people dead. Source