Friday, October 09, 2009

Dozens of families flee from Zamboanga floods

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / October 9, 2009) – Dozens of families were either displaced or forced to flee from rampaging floodwaters as heavy rains flooded at least two villages in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines.

Military rescuers said 20 families lost their houses in the village of Labuan and Patalon and about three dozen more were forced to evacuate to safer areas late Thursday due to the rising flood waters.

“Our soldiers are ready to assist in the evacuation of residents in those areas if flooding continues. There were no reports of casualties,” said Marine Major Ramon David Hontiveros, a regional military spokesman.

Other reports said several houses and a mosque on a coastal village were also destroyed when huge waves hit the area, although there were no reported deaths. Many areas in Zamboanga City were flooded.

Typhoon Parma battered the Philippines and there have been reports of dozens of casualties in the northern part of the country. The storm slammed the Philippines days after typhoon Ketsana left a trail of destruction and more than 300 reported deaths. (Mindanao Examiner)

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