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Six killed in week of heavy rains in Philippines

Six killed in week of heavy rains in Philippines

At least six people were killed in landslides and other accidents in the Philippines following a week of heavy rains brought about by three tropical cyclones, officials said Sunday.

More than 229,000 people have been displaced by the floods, mostly in nine northern provinces, according to the national disaster risk management council.

Two children, aged three and six, were killed Sunday when a landslide buried their house while they were sleeping in the town of Barbaza, about 400 kilometres south of Manila, police said.

The victims’ mother was injured in the landslide, a police report said.

On Friday, two brothers, aged 11 and 12, were killed when a portion of their house was buried in thick mountain soil after a landslide in the town of Agoo in the northern province of La Union, police said.

In the town of Bontoc in Mountain Province, a 54-year-old woman died when a passing van was hit by a boulder during a landslide on Wednesday, the national disaster risk management council said.

A 43-year-old man was swept away by a strong current as he crossed a river in the central province of Negros Oriental on July 15, it added.

Three tropical cyclones have been dumping heavy rains on a wide area of the Philippines since July 15, starting with storm Son-Tinh, followed by storm Ampil and a tropical depression locally called Josie.

The weather bureau said Josie, which was packing maximum sustained winds of 60 kilometres per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 75 kph, was expected to move out of the country by Monday.

Some of the affected areas have suspended school classes and work in government offices for Monday amid warnings from the weather bureau of more rain.

The Philippines is hit by an average of 20 cyclones every year, causing floods, landslides and other accidents.

The strongest typhoon hit the country in November 2013, killing more than 6,300 people. Typhoon Haiyan also displaced more than 4 million people.

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