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Six dead as floods
hit disaster zone

MANILA – Six people have died and four are missing in floods that swept through Mindanao that is still reeling from a deadly typhoon disaster, authorities said Wednesday.

Days of heavy rains on Mindanao island left the major city of Davao and nine nearby towns flooded, including areas that were devastated by typhoon Bopha in early December, the civil defense office said.

Six people, including a year-old boy, had been confirmed killed between Monday and Wednesday, while four others were missing, it said in its latest tally.

About 125,000 people, half of them from Davao city, fled their inundated homes for state-run evacuation centers or friends' houses, it added.

It said the total included more than 17,000 people from New Bataan and Cateel, two of the towns worst hit in last month's typhoon disaster that left nearly 2,000 people dead or missing.

Authorities said the rain eased on Wednesday but large areas remained flooded.

The Philippines is hit by about 20 major storms or typhoons each year that occur mainly during the rainy season between June and October, though floods frequently also occur outside the cyclone season.*AFP

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