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Thousands flee rising floodwaters in southern Philippines

Published on Jan 17, 2014 12:06 PM

MANILA (AFP) - Thousands of people are fleeing rising floodwaters in a fresh round of evacuations in the southern Philippines, officials said on Friday as the death toll from a week of bad weather rose to 34.

At least 8,000 people fled villages along the flooded banks of the Agusan river on Mindanao island in the past 24 hours, said Mr John Uayan, operations official of the civil defence office in the region.

"The rains come to this region around this time, but this year has been terrible," Mr Uayan told AFP.

The fresh round of evacuations brought the number of people temporarily sheltering in schools and government buildings in the Agusan region to nearly 59,000, he said, adding some have been there since heavy rains began on January 10.

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