11 dead as rains lash central, southern Philippines
MANILA (AFP) - Heavy rain and floods have left 11 dead in the central and southern Philippine islands, including in a city still reeling from deadly guerrilla attacks, civil defence officials said.
Among the hardest-hit areas was Zamboanga City, where floods again displaced thousands of people who had previously fled their homes to escape three weeks of fighting between Muslim rebels and government forces.
Three bodies were found in the southern city on Tuesday while troops plucked shivering children out of knee-deep floodwater, said the area's civil defence chief Adriano Fuego.
"This is the worst flooding to hit the city in recent years," he told reporters.