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Philippines hit by floods after Typhoon Melor

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 01:25

Residents in low-lying towns and villages in the Philippines' Pampanga province struggle through flood waters caused by Typhoon Melor. Natasha Howitt reports.

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Some roads have become rivers in Pampanga province in the Philippines... low-lying towns and villages have been hit by floods in the wake of Typhoon Melor. The province acts as a catch basin after heavy rainfall -- water rushes down from nearby mountains, inundating homes and paddy fields. The death toll from the typhoon, which made landfall in the central Philippines earlier this week, has risen to 41. Four people are still missing, 20 injured, and as many as 750,000 moved to evacuation centres. (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) 62 YEAR OLD RESIDENT, MERCY ISIP, SAYING: "We really need help from these floods, especially because we are approaching Christmas and the new year. We can't even work because of the floodwaters." The typhoon left in its path a trail of death and destruction. The national disaster agency has said almost 20 million U.S. dollars worth of infrastructure and farmland have been damaged. They have also warned another storm could bring more heavy rain. The Philippines is hit by an average of 20 typhoons each year. In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan killed more than 6,300 people and left 1.4 million homeless.

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Philippines hit by floods after Typhoon Melor

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 01:25