98 Dead, 63 Missing As Flood Ravages Philippines

The death toll from floods and landslides caused by a tropical storm in the Philippines has hit 98, with 63 missing, the national disaster agency said on Monday.

The agency added that 69 people were injured as tropical storm Nalgae battered the Philippines over the weekend.

More than 1.9 million people were affected, out of which 975,000 were displaced.

More than 309,000 were staying in evacuation centres, the agency said.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr visited flood-stricken areas in Cavite Province on Monday, bringing additional relief supplies.

He stressed the need for pre-emptive evacuation ahead of storms to ensure the safety of residents.

“Our flood control measures were overwhelmed by the floods.

“The water overflowed from the dikes and inundated towns.

“That’s why I keep reminding disaster risk reduction agencies that the most important thing when preparing for a storm is that we have pre-emptive evacuations.

“We need to be ahead of the typhoon so that even if the typhoon hits an area, the residents will not be victimised,” he said.

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