Floods some areas in Visayas, Mindanao! High tide worsen flood in, island in the middle of Cagayan river was inundated!

Australia:

Floods struck northeastern New South Wales, Australia, starting in late November 2011. Over the next few weeks, floods traveled downstream, toward the west and southwest, along tributaries of the Darling River. The Bureau of Meteorology issued flood warnings for multiple rivers in the region, including the Gwydir River downstream of Moree, the Namoi River at Goangra, and along the Barwon River.

Philippines SINKING:

In summary:

Cagayan de Oro river was inundated middle of the island,  high tide worsen flood in river Cagayan!

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/ Some of the dead were swept out at sea from the worst-hit coastal cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan in the Mindanao region, which is unaccustomed to the cyclones that are common.. SOURCE/

/ Floods in several areas in Visayas and Mindanao / A farmer died while some 7,000 persons were evacuated when flooding hit Cagayan province, particularly in 39 barangays of Ballesteros, Abulug and Calamaniugan towns /

/ Makati hit by flash flood /

/ Meanwhile, barangays Minaug, Dicayas and Turno in Dipolog City were also submerged in flood water. /

/ Areas submerged by floods include Barangays Puntod, Macabalan, Lapasan, villages within the downtown area, and Vamenta Subdivision in Barra, Opol, Misamis Oriental./

/ Authorities said floodwaters in villages along the Cagayan de Oro River reached “meters high” and that high tide worsened the situation. /

/ They said 20,000 soldiers had been mobilised in a huge rescue and relief operation across the stricken north coast of the island of Mindanao, where the major ports of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan were worst hit. Iligan mayor Lawrence Cruz described rampaging floodwaters from swollen rivers that swamped up to a quarter of the land area of the city of 100,000. "It's the worst flood in the history of our city," Cruz told GMA television. "It happened so fast, at a time when people were fast asleep."

The station showed dramatic pictures of a family escaping out of the window of their home in the town as the floods rose, and rescue workers in orange vests shepherding survivors to safety above chest-deep waters.  /

/ northwest of Cagayan de Oro, after they were swept to the sea by a raging river, and about 120 more were rescued off Opol township, closer to the city. /

/ The floodwaters were waist-high in some neighborhoods that do not usually experience flooding. Scores of residents escaped the floods by climbing onto the roofs of their homes, Cruz said.

Rescuers in boats rushed offshore to save people swept out to sea by the raging floodwaters. In Misamis Oriental province, 60 people were plucked from the ocean off El Salvador city, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) northwest of Cagayan de Oro, said disaster official Teddy Sabuga-a. He said an island in the middle of the Cagayan de Oro river was inundated, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or people missing. Cruz said the coast guard and other rescuers were scouring the waters off his coastal city for survivors or bodies that may have been swept to the sea. “It was a good thing because in less than an hour the water rose to about 11 feet (3.3 meters) /

Australia TILTING: Heavy rain have caused flooding in far north and western Queensland!!

Vietnam SINKING: If projects along the river are passed, seawater intrusion in the province will become more serious while the province is in dire need of freshwater.

Philippines:

Flash floods triggered by a tropical storm have killed nearly 200 people and left scores of others missing in the southern Philippines, officials said Saturday.
Cagayan de Oro city councillor Alvin Bacal said 107 people had died in his city alone in the flooding.
Mayor Lawrence Cruz of nearby Iligan city said 79 bodies were recovered there after more than 12 hours of continuous rain from Tropical Storm Washi swelled a river and sent muddy floodwaters cascading down from nearby mountains.
About 150 people were missing after the storm swept through the Philippines' Mindanao region from Friday night into early Saturday, Cruz said.
Disaster officers said three people drowned in Zamboanga del Norte province, west of the two cities.
Teddy Sabuga-a, a disaster officer in Misamis Oriental province, said 60 people were rescued in waters off El Salvador city, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) northwest of Cagayan de Oro, after they were swept to the sea by a raging river, and about 120 more were rescued off Opol township, closer to the city.
He said an island in the middle of the Cagayan de Oro river was inundated, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or people missing.
Cruz said the coast guard and other rescuers were scouring the waters off his coastal city for survivors or bodies that may have been swept to the sea by a swollen river.
The floodwaters were waist-high in some neighborhoods that do not usually experience flooding. Scores of residents escaped the floods by climbing onto the roofs of their homes, Cruz said.
Those missing included prominent radio broadcaster Enie Alsonado, who was swept away while trying to save his neighbors, Cruz said.
Rep. Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro said that about 20,000 residents of the city had been affected and that evacuees were packed in temporary shelters.
Television footage showed muddy water rushing in the streets, sweeping away all sorts of debris. Thick layers of mud coated streets where the waters had subsided. One car was shown to have been carried over a concrete fence.
The chief of the national disaster agency, Benito Ramos, said that officials were still getting reports from the field and that the number of casualties would likely rise.
"Massive flooding had been reported over the region, especially in Iligan city and Cagayan de Oro city," Ramos said, adding that tens of thousands of people sought shelter on high ground.
Strong winds toppled trees onto the rain-saturated ground in Polanco township in Zamboanga del Norte province. An 80-year-old woman drowned after being trapped in the first floor of her flooded home. A 30-year-old man and a 10-year-old boy also drowned, said provincial disaster officer Dennis Tenorio.
Washi, the 19th storm to hit the Philippines this year, came ashore in eastern Mindanao and blanketed the region with thick rain clouds 250 miles (400 kilometers) in diameter.
It quickly cut across the region overnight and was over the Sulu Sea by midmorning Saturday, packing maximum winds of 47 miles (75 kilometers) per hour and gusts of up to 56 mph (90 kph). It is expected to blow out of the country late Sunday, forecaster Raymond Ordinario said.
Back-to-back typhoons in September left more than 100 people dead in the northern Philippines.

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1 dead in Cagayan flooding

VIGAN CITY, Philippines – A farmer died while some 7,000 persons were evacuated when flooding hit Cagayan province, particularly in 39 barangays of Ballesteros, Abulug and Calamaniugan towns, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) reported yesterday.

NDRRMC Executive Director Benito T. Ramos said one Pedro Oliva, a farmer, of Barangay San Agustin, Abulug, Cagayan, died when he was swept by waters that overflowed from Cagayan River due to continuous rains since Saturday last week.

He was trying to rescue his cattle when he drowned, it was learned.

Reports from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC)–Cagayan through Provincial Social Welfare Officer Resty Vargas said that relief operations for the affected residents were ongoing as of yesterday. (Freddie G. Lazaro)

http://www.tempo.com.ph/2011/1-dead-in-cagayan-flooding/#.Tuig_c2RR-w

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Makati hit by flash flood


FLASH FLOODS triggered by heavy rains slowed down traffic in southern Metro Manila yesterday noon, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said.

The MMDA said falsh floods occurred at the Metropoint area at the corner of Epifanio delos Santos and Taft Avenues.

Rains fell in some parts of Metro Manila at noon yesterday even as weather forecasters said a tropical depression may enter Philippine territory as early as last night.

Earlier, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) indicated the depression may affect parts of Mindanao.

PAGASA forecaster Elvie Enriquez said the cyclone is not likely to intensify since the Philippines is not conducive to cyclones.  

http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php/news/metro/19550-makati-hit-by-...

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1 killed as floods ravage Zambo Norte

MANILA, Philippines – An elderly woman drowned after floods ravaged parts of Zamboanga del Norte Wednesday night due to heavy rains.

The 80-year-old victim Hermogina Damuag drowned as she was trying to go upstairs, while floods submerged her house in Barangay Labrador, Polanco town.

Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) Chairman Dennis Tenorio said barangays Guinles, Poblacion, Dapdap, Isis and Labrado in Polanco town were affected by flooding.

Meanwhile, barangays Minaug, Dicayas and Turno in Dipolog City were also submerged in flood waters.

Some residents sought higher grounds while others chose to stay in their homes.

As of Friday, flood waters in some areas in the province have started to recede. However, the province is still preparing as tropical storm "Sendong" is expected to hit Visayas and Mindanao.

Twenty-one areas are under storm signal number 2 as Sendong is expected to make landfall in Davao Oriental on Friday afternoon, weather bureau PAGASA said.

In its latest weather bulletin, PAGASA last spotted Sendong 180 kilometers east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

Sendong was packing maximum winds of 75 kilometers per hour near the center with gustiness up to 90 kph. It slightly intensified at 26 kph with a westward direction. – with reports from Rodge Cultura and Dynah Diestro, ABS-CBN News Caraga

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/regions/12/16/11/1-killed-floods-...

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'Sendong' slightly weakens after landfall


MANILA, Philippines –  Floods

Sendong has already triggered floods in several areas in Visayas and Mindanao.

In Surigao del Sur, Governor Johnny Pimentel said several areas, particularly the towns of San Miguel, Tago and Hinatuan are in danger of flooding.

“We are already preparing in the event kasi na hindi pa naman masyado mataas ang tubig, but if ever rains continue through the night, I think there is a possibility that they will start evacuating mamayang gabi siguro,” said Pimentel.

Residents have already been advised to prepare to flee their homes if rivers in the area continue to swell.

Several evacuation centers have been identified and are now being readied.

Flooding in some parts of Zamboanga del Norte, meanwhile, have subsided but continuous rains threaten to raise water levels again.

At least 1 person was reported killed while over 400 families have been affected due to waist-deep flood in several barangays, including parts of Dipolog City.

Coast Guard

The Philippine Coast Guard is advising the public to postpone their trips due to bad weather.

PCG Commandant Admiral Ramon Liwag said they will prevent vessels from sailing in storm-affected areas especially in Mindanao and Visayas to ensure the safety of the public. -- With a report from ANC

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/regions/12/16/11/sendong-slightly...


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Floods kill dozens, leave hundreds missing



CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (2nd update 5:18 p.m.) – Floods triggered by Tropical Storm Sendong (international name: Washi) killed more than 200, left hundreds missing, and displaced thousands of residents here Saturday.

Areas submerged by floods include Barangays Puntod, Macabalan, Lapasan, villages within the downtown area, and Vamenta Subdivision in Barra, Opol, Misamis Oriental.

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Some of the fatalities were identified as Roel Banawa, 24, Sonny Belorio and his live-in partner Gavina, 57; Miguelito Moring, 49, and his wife Cornelia and children Michael, 23, and Cherry, 25; Geraldine Bayron and her five children.
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Victims were mostly from Isla de Oro, Cala-Cala and Barangays Consolacion, Macasandig, Kauswagan, Carmen, Canitoan, Iponan, and Balulang.

The two children of Roel Medrano from Isla de Oro also died, prompting him to say he wanted to commit suicide because of what happened.

“I wasn’t able to hold them tightly because of the strong current. I stayed underneath the water for five minutes trying to look for them,” Medrano said.
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CAGAYAN DE ORO. A resident wades through a flooded street with an electric fan following a flash flood that inundated Cagayan de Oro city, Saturday. (AP)

Other fatalities remain unidentified as of this posting Saturday.

Sendong, arguably the deadliest cyclone to hit the Philippines in 2011, cut through the provinces in Northeastern Mindanao last Friday, destroying farm lands, houses, toppling power and communication lines, and triggering flashfloods and landslides in the area.

At the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), airlines cancelled at least 14 flights bound Cagayan de Oro, Dumaguete City, Catarman (Northern Samar), and Virac (Catanduanes) due to inclement weather in these areas, a report from the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) showed.

At the height of Sendong’s onslaught on Friday, the Cagayan de Oro river reportedly overflowed, sending the residents to their roofs or troop to the nearest evacuation centers for safety.

The flashfloods caught the residents by surprise since they were asleep, Benito Ramos, Executive Director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said in an interview in Manila.

"The flooding occurred around 2:30 a.m while the people were sleeping. It (massive rains) caused the silted river system to overflow," Ramos said.

In Iponan, the strong flow of water began to seep inside the vicinities of several subdivisions in the area around 5 a.m. Saturday.

High tide also aggravated floods in areas near rivers. In Barangay Consolacion, which is near the Cagayan de Oro River, residents scampered to higher grounds when strong currents swept some of the houses away.

A mother and her three children were seen on top of their house near the Carmen Bridge calling for help at around 12 midnight Saturday.

Seconds after they were rescued, their house was carried by the strong current.

The rains brought by Sendong started at 6 p.m. Friday night and lasted until 2 a.m. Saturday.
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CAGAYAN DE ORO. Volunteers use rubber a boat to ferry residents to safer grounds following a flash flood that inundated Cagayan de Oro city Saturday. (AP)

Residents living near rivers and creeks have started to evacuate as early as 11 p.m. Some of them stayed underneath the newly constructed flyover along Recto Avenue while some spent the night outside Gaisano City Mall in Corrales St.

Some residents are staying at the two evacuation centers at the City Central School in Velez St. and at the West Central School in Barangay Carmen.

Some 20,000 people are currently taking shelter in evacuation centers in the city, according to Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez.

Power and water connections have also been cut off.

Teams from the City Government, private companies, and the 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army started their rescue operations at around 10 p.m. Friday, focusing initially on residents who stayed on top of their roofs, especially in Isla de Oro, Macasandig, and Barangay Consolacion.

Mayor Vicente Emano said teams found it difficult to rescue residents in heavily flooded areas Friday night due to the city-wide blackout.

As of 12 noon Saturday, the Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company (Cepalco) has yet to restore power connections while the Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) said it is still undertaking disinfection procedures of its reservoirs.

Ladel Sagrado, the COWD's public relations division manager, said the disinfection procedure intends to ensure water cleanliness and potability.

She also advised residents that once water connections are restored, they should boil tap water first before drinking.

Sagrado said among the areas in the city with available water supply are Gusa, Tablon, Agusan, and Bugo.

The pipe bridge of Rio Verde in Taguanao was also damaged, cutting off water supply in the western side of the city.

In Baungon town in Bukidnon, at least 12 persons have been confirmed dead and hundreds went missing while the road from Cagayan de Oro City to Talakag in Bukidnon is impassable due to landslide.

The Kabula Bridge in Baungon was also damaged.

The City Government has started distributing relief goods to the flood victims along with other private agencies while Xavier University had also set up a relief center and an information desk, especially for its employees and students who were affected by the calamity.

In Manila, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon "Dinky" Soliman assured enough relief supplies to be distributed to affected communities.

Relief goods will be turned over to the local government units (LGUs) as social welfare and development teams are on alert to monitor hazard-prone areas, especially those living along the coasts, she said.

A standby fund worth P300 million will also be released to ensure delivery of assistance to storm victims.

Emano said in a radio interview that the City Government was unable to expect the speed and enormity of Sendong.

“I had tried to seek help and so far I already got P1 million,” he said as he called for assistance from those who may want to extend help.

“We will do what we can to help those affected,” Emano said.

As of 12:30 p.m., the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council is still having a meeting to assess the extent of the damage and the possible assistance that can be provided to the victims.

Meanwhile, Tropical storm Sendong left five persons dead in the Davao Region where it first made a landfall on Friday.

A landslide struck the gold-rush area of Mt. Diwata in Monkayo, Compostela Valley, killing Rosita dela Peña, 57, Nasser Tuan, 6; Rakima Tuan, 4; Asliya Tuan, 14; and Jolito Lumactod, 28.

The landslide struck around 4 p.m. Friday at Purok 21 in Barangay Mt. Diwata and destroyed the residence of the victims.

Sendong death toll may still go up

In Manila, Benito Ramos, Executive Director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that the death toll may still go up, especially that around 260 people remain unaccounted for in Iligan City alone.

"We expect the death toll to go up because the mechanized infantry battalions have reported that more bodies were found," he told state-run Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday.

Of the confirmed fatalities, Ramos said 75 are from Iligan City, where Mayor Lawrence Cruz declared a state of calamity so that emergency funds can be used in the rehabilitation of badly-affected areas.

AFP Western Mindanao Command spokesman Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang confirmed the number of fatalities, adding that 15 have been rescued at sea and 250 remain missing.

Ninety-seven people, meanwhile, died in Cagayan de Oro City based on figures from the AFP Eastern Mindanao Command spokesman Col. Leopold Galon.

He said that fatalities came from the Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City areas. At least 125 person others are missing and subject to search and rescue efforts.

Citing reports from the field, Galon said an estimated 2,000 others were rescued.

Military trucks, boats, helicopters and ground troops have been deployed in the two areas for search and rescue operations.

Authorities expect more bodies to be retrieved in the western villages of Carmen and Consolacion, which are near the Cagayan de Oro river.

The NDRRMC's Ramos said that local government units, the Armed Forces, the Coast Guard, other government agencies, and even the media reported more deaths than the agency itself.

"But to us, we rely on bodies and their names," said Ramos.

The storm is heading toward Palawan and will exit over the West Philippine Sea by Sunday afternoon, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

Moving over the open waters of the West Philippine Sea, website accuweather.com said Sendong will have a chance to better organize and strengthen early next week.

The storm is not expected to reach typhoon status, however, it could become a strong tropical storm during this period, accuweather.com meteorlogist Eric Leister said.

Sendong will then start to turn more southwest as it brings the threat for heavy rainfall to southern Vietnam during the first half of next week.

“If Washi (Sendong) passes south of Vietnam, it will then likely weaken and move into southern Thailand or northern Malaysia before dissipating,” Leister said.

In a typical year, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) said six to nine tropical cyclones cross over the Philippines.

This year, however, has been unusually deadly with typhoons Pedring and Quiel causing heavy flooding, killing over 100 people in Luzon in late September and early October. (Terry Betonio/Joey Nacalaban/Michael Andrew Yu/Loui Maliza of Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro/Virgil Lopez/BOT/VR/Sunnex)

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cagayan-de-oro/local-news/2011/12/17/floo...

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At least 20 killed as ‘Sendong’ lashes Cagayan de Oro


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — At least 20 people were killed by floods as “Sendong” lashed this city Friday night.

As of 8:30 a.m. Saturday, rescuers composed of volunteers, policemen and soldiers recovered the bodies, including that of a family of five.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer was at the scene during the retrieval of some of the dead bodies in Barangay (village) Tambo here.

Authorities said floodwaters in villages along the Cagayan de Oro River reached “meters high” and that high tide worsened the situation.

The water started rising 10 p.m. and reached its height around 2 a.m., officials initially said.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/112831/at-least-20-killed-as-sendong-l...

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Around 200 dead, 400 missing in Philippines storm



Iligan, Philippines:  A tropical storm Washi raked across the southern Philippines, unleashing mammoth floods across vast areas that left almost 200 people dead and nearly 400 more missing, officials said on Saturday.

They said 20,000 soldiers had been mobilised in a huge rescue and relief operation across the stricken north coast of the island of Mindanao, where the major ports of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan were worst hit.

Iligan mayor Lawrence Cruz described rampaging floodwaters from swollen rivers that swamped up to a quarter of the land area of the city of 100,000.

"It's the worst flood in the history of our city," Cruz told GMA television. "It happened so fast, at a time when people were fast asleep."

The station showed dramatic pictures of a family escaping out of the window of their home in the town as the floods rose, and rescue workers in orange vests shepherding survivors to safety above chest-deep waters.

Marlyn Manos, an Iligan resident, recounted how she and her children watched in terror from their rooftop as flash floods demolished neighbours' homes.

"All the small houses behind ours were destroyed, and many of my neighbours are missing," she said.

The region's military spokesmen said 97 bodies were recovered in Cagayan de Oro, with another 75 corpses found in Iligan.

Fifteen people who were swept out to sea were rescued off Iligan but another 250 remained unaccounted for in the town, they said, with 125 more missing in Cagayan de Oro, a city of half a million people.

Three people also drowned in the town of Polanco and five were killed in a landslide in mountains near the town of Monkayo, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said in Manila.

After hitting the southern ports, Washi brushed past the central island of Negros, unleashing more floods that killed 18 people there, the council's executive director Benito Ramos told AFP.

The western island of Palawan is expected to be hit on Saturday night with peak winds of 75 miles (46.6 miles) after Washi crosses the Sulu Sea, the state weather service said.

Ramos suggested some Mindanao residents had underestimated the threat posed by the approaching storm, in a region which is outside the country's typhoon belt.

"Storms rarely hit this area and people probably became complacent even though they knew it was heading their way," Ramos said.

Eric Carillo, an Iligan resident, told GMA the rains started pouring heavily late Friday but his family, who emerged alive from the floods, were not unduly alarmed and did not seek higher ground.

"I've been around for 47 years and this was the worst flooding I have ever experienced," he added.

Iligan tourism officer Pat Noel told AFP waters began rising shortly before midnight (1600 GMT Friday) as people slept, sweeping houses made of light materials and their inhabitants along the riverbanks.

"Many of them told me they sought refuge on their rooftops," he said after joining the first wave of rescuers at daybreak.

Two of the three rivers that flow into the port of Iligan had overflowed, he added, and a popular radio commentator was among those killed.

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said the flooding affected more than 22,000 families, but government officials could not give the total number of people who had lost their homes.

President Benigno Aquino has ordered 10 evacuation centres to be put up in the affected areas of Mindanao, his spokeswoman Abigail Valte said on government radio.

The Philippines is struck by about 20 major storms annually, with most hitting Luzon, the largest and most populous island in the Southeast Asian archipelago.

http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/around-200-dead-400-missing-in-ph...

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Storm-triggered flash floods kill more than 200 people in southern Philippines, scores missing


MANILA, Philippines — Pounding rain from a tropical storm swelled rivers and sent walls of water rushing through the southern Philippines while people were asleep, killing more than 200 with scores missing, officials said Saturday.

Some of the dead were swept out at sea from the worst-hit coastal cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan in the Mindanao region, which is unaccustomed to the cyclones that are common elsewhere in the archipelago nation.


Cagayan de Oro city councilor Alvin Bacal said 107 people had died in the flooding in his city alone, citing military figures.

In Iligan, 79 bodies were recovered in his city after more than 12 hours of continuous rain from Tropical Storm Washi overflowed a river and sent muddy floodwaters cascading from nearby mountains, Mayor Lawrence Cruz said. About 250 people are unaccounted for in Iligan, said military spokesman Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang.

A man in Cagayan de Oro said he heard a cry for help around 10 p.m. while the floodwaters were still low.

“Suddenly, there was a very strong rush of water,” the man, who was not identified, told a local TV station.

Ayi Hernandez, a former congressman, said he and his family were resting in their home late Friday when they heard a loud “swooshing sound” and water quickly rose ankle deep inside his home. He decided to evacuate to a neighbor’s two-story house.

“It was a good thing because in less than an hour the water rose to about 11 feet (3.3 meters),” the height of the ceiling of his house, he said.

Civil defense administrator Benito Ramos said 18 drowned in floodwaters in central Negros Oriental province, whose southern tip was nipped by the eye of the storm later Saturday.

The floodwaters were waist-high in some neighborhoods that do not usually experience flooding. Scores of residents escaped the floods by climbing onto the roofs of their homes, Cruz said.

Those missing included prominent radio broadcaster Enie Alsonado, who was swept away while trying to save his neighbors, Cruz said.

Rep. Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro said that about 20,000 residents of the city had been affected and that evacuees were packed in temporary shelters.

Television footage showed muddy water rushing in the streets, sweeping away all sorts of debris. Thick layers of mud coated streets where the waters had subsided. One car was shown to have been carried over a concrete fence.

Authorities recovered bodies from the mud after the water subsided. Parts of concrete walls and roofs, toppled vehicles and other debris littered the muddy streets.

Rescuers in boats rushed offshore to save people swept out to sea by the raging floodwaters. In Misamis Oriental province, 60 people were plucked from the ocean off El Salvador city, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) northwest of Cagayan de Oro, said disaster official Teddy Sabuga-a.

About 120 more were rescued off Opol township, closer to the city, he added.

He said an island in the middle of the Cagayan de Oro river was inundated, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or people missing.

Cruz said the coast guard and other rescuers were scouring the waters off his coastal city for survivors or bodies that may have been swept to the sea.

An 80-year-old woman drowned after being trapped in the first floor of her flooded home in Zamboanga del Norte province. A 30-year-old man and a 10-year-old boy also drowned, said provincial disaster officer Dennis Tenorio.

Washi, the 19th storm to hit the Philippines this year, came ashore in eastern Mindanao and blanketed the region with thick rain clouds 250 miles (400 kilometers) in diameter.

It quickly cut across the region overnight and was over the Sulu Sea by midmorning Saturday, packing maximum winds of 47 miles (75 kilometers) per hour and gusts of up to 56 mph (90 kph). It is expected to blow out of the country late Sunday, forecaster Raymond Ordinario said.

Ramos said the high casualties in Mindanao could be attributed “partly to the complacency of people because they are not in the usual path of storms” despite four days of warnings by officials of an approaching storm.

He also said heavy rains fell on nearby Bukidnon province’s vast pineapple plantations, which sit on a plateau that drains rainfall through a river system that runs through Cagayan de Oro. Mountains near Iligan were denuded, also causing the flash floods and mud flows that swamped the city, he said.

Ordinario said storms and typhoons that normally pass through the northern and central Philippines are pushed farther south of the country by cold winds during the northern hemisphere’s winter season late in the year.

Back-to-back typhoons in September left more than 100 people dead in the northern Philippines.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/storm-triggered-fl...

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Australia:

Storms bring flooding to Cape York Peninsula, northwest and southwest Queensland


EARLY-morning storms and heavy rain have caused flooding in far north and western Queensland, with over 100mm recorded.

Mount Isa police said the Outback mining town copped "about 100mm in an hour", flooding locals roads, with a number of vehicles stalling in floodwaters.


The biggest falls were north of Cairns with 231mm recorded at Whyanbeel in 24 hours.

Totals over 100mm were also recorded at Cape Flattery (110mm), Mossman South (182mm), Low Isles (176mm), Hills Creek alert near Cairns (157mm), Mount Sophia (112mm) and Rockfields (196mm).

Quilpie in the state's southwest also recorded 148mm.

Major flooding continues in the southwest, with river levels steady at Jericho and Mungindi.

Flood warnings remain for the Condamine and Balonne, Macintyre, Moonie and western Queensland rivers.

A return to major flood levels is expected at St George next week.

A number of roads remain closed due to flooding, and motorists are urged to check the Department of Main Roads website before travelling.

The trough that is triggering the thundery rain is expected to weaken and move off the coast by tomorrow, with just a few scattered showers lingering in the Maranoa and Warrego region.

Thundery rain will continue north of Cairns as a monsoon trough forms over the Torres Strait.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/storms-bring-flooding...

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Vietnam:

City seeks expert opinions on flood prevention

The Steering Committee for Flood Prevention in Ho Chi Minh City invited experts from various different fields to discuss measures to prevent flooding and manage high tides and salt marshes, at a conference in the city on December 16.
High tide floods Ngo Tat To Street in Binh Thanh District (Photo:SGGP)

Authorities in HCMC had set up the Steering Committee for Flood Prevention in recent years to tackle the constant flood crisis in the city. The department soon realised that they were inadequately equipped to cope with this gigantic problem and hence called for this conference in which opinions from experts was sought.

At the conference, irrigation experts gave many valuable recommendations. They believed that the main cause of flooding was   mainly because of too heavy rainfall and rising high tides.

Earlier, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development had agreed on preventive measures such as building sluice systems to control the high tide at Rach Tra, Vam Thuat and Phu Xuan areas of the city. Dams along the lower reaches of the Dong Nai and Luong Tai Rivers would also prevent tide waters from overflowing.

The above measures are expected to control flood waters from the Dong Nai and Sai Gon Rivers from flooding the city.

At the conference, many participants expressed a negative impact of the Vung Tau- Go Cong coastal dyke system with concerns if the   project would have an adverse affect on the Long Tau River.

A representative from the Long An Department of Natural Resources and Environment said that implementing projects along the Soai Rap River will affect the province. If projects along the river are passed, seawater intrusion in the province will become more serious while the province is in dire need of freshwater.

http://www.saigon-gpdaily.com.vn/Hochiminhcity/2011/12/98942/

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Comment by Kris H on December 18, 2011 at 5:32pm
Comment by Weston Ginther on December 18, 2011 at 5:28pm

Death toll in the Philippines up to 652 with over 800 now missing

Comment by KM on December 18, 2011 at 3:39pm

Here are some pictures in an article showing the devastation that took place: 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16235672

Comment by Weston Ginther on December 18, 2011 at 5:36am

Comment by Kris H on December 17, 2011 at 5:24pm
Philippines death toll up to 436.
Comment by Stanislav on December 17, 2011 at 2:10pm

"Houses were swept into the sea by floodwaters while people were sleeping inside late on Friday."

?????

SINKING

Thanks Kris H

Comment by Kris H on December 17, 2011 at 2:08pm
Here is another article on the Philippines flooding. 250 dead, over 400 missing.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45705894/ns/weather/t/swept-sea-storm-f...

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