Philippines battered by floods
At least 11 people died and thousands fled their homes in the southern Philippines this weekend as persistent torrential rains induced severe flooding and landslides.
The rains that began Friday sent floodwater several feet deep into homes and over main highways, local officials reported. At least 21,000 people sought shelter in schools and town halls, while 11 people have been reported dead from the floods.
Seven people drowned in the floods, while four others died in landslides, the civil defense office reported. Two people remained missing Monday.
"The number of casualties and affected families is expected to rise as reports come in from various areas," Army Brigade Commander Santiago Prejido said.
The heavy rains and floods wrecked numerous homes, damaged bridges, destroyed crops and knocked out power in four provinces on Mindanao Island and in the Compostela Valley. At least three rivers overran their banks.
The floodwaters blocked the national highway through Agusan del Sur province, leaving several villages isolated and residents stranded, rescue officials said.
The weather forecast for the next two days calls for rain to continue in the