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Second round of flooding in Mindanoa leaves 15,000 more homeless

New flooding on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao has forced thousands more to evacuate their homes without food security or means of survival, IRIN reports. The current flooding comes just 10 days after tropical storm Washi washed away homes, businesses and hospitals and killed more than 1,200 people.

The news source reports that over the past two days, 15,000 people have been evacuated in four towns, after rivers burst through the banks lining the provinces.

"We had to undertake preemptive evacuation," Benito Ramos, the head of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), told the publication. "There were very heavy rains brought about by a low pressure area, adding to our problems in Mindanao."

Ramos told the source that no new deaths have been reported, however the flooding is concerning to the government and humanitarian groups. Many are worried that the current emergency services won't be enough should more flooding occur.

As of now, more than 54,000 people reside in 53 evacuation camps set up around the area, while more than 400,000 have taken shelter with relatives in safer regions. However, the camps are not big enough to house many more, leading volunteers to start to push their efforts towards trying to find ways to rebuild, while still supporting those left with nothing.
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