Flooding in the southern Philippines has killed 13 people so far, Al Jazeera reports. The country’s disaster management council says 23 people are still missing.
According to Reuters, the deaths were caused by flash floods after two days of heavy rain over the Christmas holiday. More than 45,000 people were forced to evacuate and over 160,000 people have been impacted by the storm.
Rescue operations are still underway. Local governments have slowly begun to assess the damage.
“The big damage here is livestock,” Clarin town Mayor Emeterio Roa said on the radio, according to Al Jazeera.
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) says the rain will persist and some regions will face rain-induced landslides.
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