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Thousands displaced as flash floods hit S. Philippines

02-10-2012 13:06 BJT

COTABATO CITY, Philippines, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of people have been displaced as flash floods triggered by heavy downpour hit southern Philippines, a local official said Friday.

Apple Agolong, a councilor in the city of Dapitan, said at least 12 low-lying villages in the city were flooded, forcing more than 4,000 people to evacuate and move to state-run schools and churches.

She said floodwaters, about 3-meter deep, reached the roofs of houses but there were no reported casualties.

"The ongoing rain since Wednesday flooded our villages. There was no typhoon. The local government is now assisting those affected by the floods," said Agolong.

Weather forecasters on Friday warned residents of the southern region of Mindanao of heavy rains brought about by an approaching low pressure area.

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: Xinhua

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