Floods force thousands to flee in N. Philippines
FOUR people were killed and thousands forced to flee their homes as floods inundated large parts of the northern Philippines, the government said yesterday.
Heavy rains lashed the largely agricultural provinces for days, causing floods that have left roads impassable and forced 3,000 people to evacuate, said civil defence officers.
At least four people died as a result of the rains, including a six-month-old boy who was buried by a landslide in the northern province of Pangasinan, the officers said.
Social welfare and relief agencies are delivering aid to affected areas, while the Public Works Department is preparing to repair damaged infrastructure, said President Benigno Aquino's spokesman, Herminio Coloma.