By Franklin A. Caliguid
Floods and mudslides spawned by nearly two weeks of relentless rains already claimed the lives of 22 people and displaced more than 50,000 families or 308,045 people in the five-province Caraga Region alone.
Ingrid became the second hurricane of the Atlantic storm season off Mexico on Saturday, while Tropical Storm Manuel threatened to cause flash floods and mudslides on the opposite side of the country.
By Jeannette I. Andrade
Environment and natural resources officials attributed on Thursday the high number of casualties in several Compostela Valley towns to unheeded government warnings on typhoon Pablo, emphasizing that illegal logging and illegal mining were to blame for the devastation.
Flash flooding caused by heavy rain has forced the evacuation of more than 3,000 people across Taiwan and unleashed landslides that have killed four people.
Heavy rains drenching the Caribbean island of Hispaniola have caused mudslides and floods that killed up to nine people in Haiti and forced more than 11,000 people to flee their homes in the neighboring Dominican Republic, authorities said Wednesday.