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Death toll from rains rises to 25 01/06/2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Death toll from rains rises to 25

01/06/2011
The death toll from landslides and floods in the country rose to 25 yesterday, with those trying to profit from the disaster by salvaging flotsam becoming victims themselves, officials said.

Although major highways are now open after landslide rubble was cleared away, large areas of the country’s south are still covered with floodwaters, said regional civil defense chief Blanche Gobenciong.

“About 70 percent of our region is still flooded,” Gobenciong told Agence France Presse by telephone from Butuan City.

The nationwide toll doubled overnight as heavy rains fell again after a brief respite on Tuesday, and Gobenciong said some of the seven dead in and around Butuan were trying to salvage floating logs to sell to lumber firms..... MORE

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