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Dec 29, 2014

04:54:13 GMT--Tropical Storm - Pacific ocean - west - Philippines

EDIS Number: TC-20141229-46482-PHL

Date / time: 29/12/2014 04:52:44 [UTC]

Event: Tropical Storm

Area: Pacific ocean - west

Country: Philippines

State/County: Province of Surigao del Sur

Location: [Coastal region]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: 4000 person(s)

Damage level: Heavy


Floods forced thousands of people to be evacuated in the southern Philippines on Monday (Dec 29) as a tropical storm battered the region with strong winds and heavy rains, officials said. In Surigao del Sur province where the storm - known locally as Seniang - first hit land before dawn, 4,000 were moved to temporary shelters, Governor Johnny Pimentel said. "The rains are very strong and there has been no let-up in the last three days," Pimentel said, adding there were no immediate reports of casualties but that as many as 6,000 more people may have to be evacuated during the day. Flood waters as deep as 1.5 metres were reported in some areas as rescuers in rubber boats rushed to aid residents trapped in their homes, he said. The storm's winds had felled trees and blown roofs off shanties, he added. Seniang was forecast to bring "heavy to intense" rains within its 300-kilometre diameter, as it packed wind gusts of 80 kilometres per hour. The storm, moving west at 11 kilometres per hour, is expected to cross the central Philippines in the next two days. Two flights from the capital to the region were cancelled on Monday, the Manila airport authority said in a statement. Surigao del Sur, in the poor farming region of Caraga, is one of the Philippines' most flood-prone provinces. The Philippines is battered by about 20 storms every year, many of them deadly.

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