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Death toll from Philippine landslides, floods up to 22
by Staff Writers
Manila (AFP) Jan 14, 2014


Twelve dead, 10 missing in Brazil flooding
Sao Paulo (AFP) Jan 14, 2014 - Twelve people were killed and 10 were missing after flash flooding triggered by heavy rain in the southern Brazilian town of Itaoca, officials said Tuesday in an updated toll.

Sao Paulo state's civil defense department earlier put the death toll at 10 and added that 332 people -- or about 10 percent of the town's population -- were left homeless by overflowing waters from the Palmital River.

Itaoca, located 340 kilometers (210 miles) southwest of Sao Paulo, was still without power and drinking water, and 100 homes were affected, officials said.

Some 50 homes were also damaged in the nearby town of Apiai, they added.

Sao Paulo Governor Geraldo Alckmin warned of an "extremely serious" situation as he toured the area Monday.

And the misery is not over yet. Forecasters are predicting more rain in the area over the next few days.

Rising toll from Bolivia rains
La Paz (AFP) Jan 14, 2014 - An intense rainy season in Bolivia has claimed at least 31 lives since September and displaced more than 12,000 families, an official said Tuesday.

Four other people are missing due to the downpours that have caused rivers in various regions to burst their banks, Oscar Cabrera, deputy civil defense minister, told broadcaster UNO.

Bolivia's rainy season spans five months, starting in late September.

Fifty municipalities throughout the South American state have declared emergencies and nearly 3,000 hectares of crops have been flooded.

Authorities are coordinating aid, including food supplies, for those affected.

Twenty-two people have been killed and nearly 200,000 others evacuated as floods and landslides hit a southern Philippine region still recovering from a deadly 2012 typhoon, the government said Tuesday.

Torrential rain struck the eastern section of Mindanao island at the weekend, unleashing a fresh round of misery for survivors of Typhoon Bopha, civil defence officials said.

"Major rivers overflowed, causing people to drown in areas still recovering from Typhoon Pablo," local civil defence operations officer Franz Irag told AFP, using the local designation for Typhoon Bopha, which struck the region in December 2012.

"Many of the victims had not managed to rebuild and were staying in temporary shelters when they were hit by fresh flooding," Irag said.

Weekend floods and landslides killed eight people in Davao Oriental province and five in Compostela Valley, Irag said.

Additionally, six were buried in a landslide on the small southern island of Dinagat while three other people drowned in nearby areas, John Lenwayan, a civil defence official for the region, told AFP by telephone.

The bad weather also forced more than 194,000 people to flee their homes, Irag and Lenwayan said.

The two officials said the rains started abating on Monday and some of those who took refuge in government-run shelters were returning to their homes.

The Mindanao floods occurred amid an international rehabilitation effort for areas destroyed by Super Typhoon Haiyan in November last year.

Haiyan left at least 7,986 people dead or missing across the central Philippines, according to a running government tally. Bodies are still being recovered from under the rubble.

An average of 20 typhoons and storms kill hundreds of people across the Philippines every year, but the last three years have been exceptional in the ferocity of some of these disasters.

Bopha, which struck the region in December 2012, left 1,900 people dead or missing on Mindanao by government count.

Tropical Storm Washi also unleashed floods that killed 1,080 people in December 2011.

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