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Philippine floods kill two and displace thousands

An 80-year old woman, Lolita Dapdap, and her 50-year old son, Antonio, died after they tried to cross a flooded area in Manito township, east of Legazpi City in Albay province, on Wednesday. "We evacuated them early in the morning but apparently the old woman and her son returned home to get some personal belongings. "Before twilight, they were returning to the evacuation centre and got stuck on the spillway," said Albay province Governor Joey Salceda. Villagers on the slopes of the live volcano, Mount Mayon, have also been moved because of flooding. More rain Mr Salceda said that heavy rain continued to fall on Albay and other parts of Bicol region for the sixth straight day. This increased the danger of landslides and floods and forced more people to be moved out of their homes, he said. The risk of flash floods was high, and rescue officials were racing to get people out of the way in time. Evacuations began on 24 December but have accelerated as flood waters have risen. Flooded road in Santo Domingo, Albay province, Philippines 30 Dec 2010 Almost a week of heavy rains have flooded towns in the east of the Philippines The governor said new year parties were being organised for the evacuees to try to keep them in the evacuation centres. The problem was that people often wanted to go home to protect their belongings, he said. The Associated Press said the number of people displaced had reached 33,000. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said more rain was expected due to the prevailing northeast monsoon. Domestic flights between the Philippine capital, Manila, and Legazpi City, have been affected. More on This Story


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