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Death Toll From Philippine Floods, Landslides Climbs To 33

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According to authorities, three people are still missing in the southern Philippines after a landslide claimed one person, bringing the total number of fatalities caused by the recent rains nationwide to at least 33. Authorities were still looking for more than twenty additional persons who went missing after flooding and landslides were brought on by heavy rains over the Christmas holiday in the central and southern areas.

The most recent fatality occurred on Wednesday in Mati City, Davao Oriental province on Mindanao island, when a landslide buried four individuals while they were fishing, according to authorities. According to Mati City police commander Ernesto Gregore, a 62-year-old man’s body was found, and the hunt for his friends was still ongoing.

“There was a heavy downpour in the mountains. They were fishing in a river when the landslide occurred,” Gregore said. The 110 million-people disaster-prone country had terrible weather over the weekend as it prepared for an extended Christmas holiday. Since then, rains that have pushed tens of thousands of people into evacuation centers have ruined hundreds of homes and destroyed more than 5,000 hectares (12,400 acres) of crops, according to the national disaster agency.

Most deaths have occurred in the Misamis Occidental province, also in Mindanao when 15 persons drowned or perished in landslides brought on by rain. One of the nations most susceptible to the effects of climate change is the Philippines, and scientists have warned that storms are becoming more intense as the world warms.

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