• 7 dead, 1 missing in Bukidnon flash floods

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    The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Northern Mindanao reported that at least seven people have died while one person is missing after flash floods hit two cities in Bukidnon on Tuesday.

    The flash flood struck three villages in Valencia City and two villages in Malaybalay City that swept eight people, including two elementary pupils.

    The victims all came from the Barangay Poblacion of Valencia City, the OCD reported.

    Rescuers recovered five of the eight missing persons on Wednesday and the two others on Thursday morning.

    Valencia City Mayor Azucena Huerbas said the bodies of the two elementary pupils were among those recovered.

    The children were on their way home and were crossing a culvert when they were swept away by the flash floods.

    Some families who took shelter at evacuation centers have already gone home on Thursday.

    In Kidapawan City, at least 50 families have been evacuated Wednesday afternoon by the local government as 23 landslides were reported at the slopes of Mount Apo, the country’s highest peak.

    Light to moderate rain spawned by the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) has been affecting North Cotabato.

    Psalmer Bernalte, Kidapawan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chairperson, said the continuous rain softened the soil, causing the landslides.

    “It was very dangerous for our people to stay, so we slowly haul them,” he said, adding that some villagers refused to leave but later acceded to the directive.

    Meanwhile, the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office of Palawan and Negros Occidental started preparations in anticipation of the rains brought by super typhoon Hanna that entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Wednesday.

    As of 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Typhoon “HANNA” has maintained its strength as it continues to move towards Batanes area with maximum sustained winds of 165 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 200 kph. The typhoon is moving West Northwest at 20 kph.

    Tomorrow afternoon, “Hanna” is expected to be 290 kilometers Northest of Itbayat, Batanes and outside of the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Saturday afternoon.

    PNA

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