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Floods in the Philippines leave at least 13 dead and 23 missing

At least 13 people died and 23 were reported missing in the floods recorded since Saturday in various regions of the southern and eastern Philippines, the natural disaster management agency said today.

In the latest update, the Philippine emergency team said that around 45,337 people are displaced from their homes due to the floods, which are affecting more than 160,000 people in numerous cities across the country.

The island of Mindanao, in the south of the archipelago, and the southeast of Luzon, the most populated island, were the areas most affected by the heavy rains recorded since the weekend, indicated the Philippine Meteorological Service.

The rains have stopped and the water has started to recede, which is helping emergency teams to locate the missing.

The catastrophe marred Christmas celebrations in Asia’s most Catholic nation, where hundreds of thousands of Filipinos move from urban centers to provinces during the festive season.

The Philippines is among the nations most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Experts from international agencies pointed out that the poor state of infrastructure and precarious housing as one of the main factors for a high number of deaths in natural disasters registered in the country.

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