Philippines hunt for 26 still missing after weekend weather disaster
Rescue teams across nine provinces in the Philippines are still trying hunts for 26 still missing after weekend weather disaster.
According to a report, on Wednesday December 28, 2022, the rescue team tried to locate 26 people missing after weekend rains, floods and landslides that have killed at least 25 people, in one of its deadliest weather events this year.
The national disaster agency said casualties reported so far had increased to 25 from 17 the previous day, with most deaths caused by drowning from flash floods.
“Search and rescue operations continue, led by the coast guard as most of them were missing fishermen,” the disaster agency’s Diego Agustin Mariano told DZMM radio.
The rain-induced floods and landslides are unlike previous disasters in the Philippines, which are typically triggered by more severe typhoons and tropical storms, of which the archipelago nation usually sees about 20 each year.
The agency also recorded more than 300 flooded areas and 20 rain-induced landslides, which collectively have forced more than 80,000 people to take shelter in evacuation centres. Most of the floods have since subsided.