MANILA, Philippines (Dec. 17) – At least 200 killed, 400 missing and thousands were affected in Philippines due the tropical storm Washi, according to latest confirmations from official sources.
|More than 200 killed, 400 missing and thousands trapped in Philippines|
According to military and rescue sources; most of the dead bodies were recovered from Cagayan de Oro, a major port on Mindanao Island, and Iligan a nearby southern port. Most of the missing are also belong to these two cities.
More than 20,000 troops are also involved in rescue and evacuation efforts with the local administration in Mindanao – the most affected city in the current cyclone.
Heavy rain and over-flown rivers swamped at least 10 villages in Iligan. According to officials of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council; water in the rivers began swelling shortly before midnight (1600 GMT Friday) as people slept, sweeping houses made of light materials and their inhabitants along the riverbanks. Many of the residents of the affected cities have been trapped on the rooftops because of rain and flood water invaded their homes.
About 25 millimetres (one inch) of rain had fallen over the past 24 hours, officials said. And the storm passed close to Dipolog city near Iligan early Saturday and Washi was now heading out to the Sulu Sea.