Floods Kill Ten, Force Thousands To Flee In
Planetark.org, Feb. 20, 2008
"Ten people have drowned," said Richard Gordon, appealing for food, medicine, warm clothes and materials for temporary shelter. Three people were injured.
Gordon said nearly 30,000 families, or 140,000 people, have been affected as collapsed bridges, landslides and floodwaters isolated Eastern Samar province, a poor rural area facing the Pacific Ocean in the central
Ben Evardone, the provincial governor, said many families were still trapped in interior villages after rising floodwaters caused rivers to swell and burst their banks.
"We cannot get to them because the only means of transportation is by boat," he said.
Gordon said they were asking the military to open an airfield for a C-130 cargo plane to deliver relief goods.
Landslides and floods are common in the
Environmental groups blame illegal logging for making flooding worse, particularly in the central
In February 2006, about 1,000 people were buried alive when several days of heavy rain loosened soil from a barren mountain and covered a farming village on a central island.