Floods add misery after Philippine Muslim rebel siege
ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AFP) - Heavy rains flooded evacuation centres in the southern Philippines, adding more misery for thousands of people displaced by a bloody Muslim rebel siege, officials said on Saturday.
Almost a month after followers of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari besieged Zamboanga, over 116,000 people - around one tenth of the port city's population - are still sheltering in evacuation centres, where there is a shortage of toilets and medicine.
But government tents have been unable to withstand the heavy rain which has been falling since Friday, causing knee-deep floods said Adriano Fuego, the area's civil defence chief.
"The waters are as high as knee deep in some places. It is mostly muddy (there) and the people are getting soaked," Fuego said.