13 killed in southern Philippines after Christmas rains flood In addition, another 23 people are missing, according to Reuters.

The country’s disaster agency said most died in flash floods and displaced more than 45,000 people in shelters after two days of heavy rain disrupted Christmas celebrations.

Disaster agency chief Carmelito Hare in Clarin, Misamis Occidental province, told DZBB radio station that rescue operations are continuing and agricultural damage is being assessed.

The mayor of Clarin, Emetierio Roa, said on the radio, ‘Cattle is the major cause of damage here. Because many people are dependent on cattle.’

(Dhaka Times / 27 December / SAT)