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The death toll from the Philippine floods has risen to 49


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Heavy rains that swept the Philippines over the Christmas holiday and caused significant damage and injuries in the country have left 49 people dead as per the latest updates.

Every year, about 20 typhoons and storms make landfall in the Philippines, one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries. The archipelago is located on the “Ring of Fire” along the edge of the Pacific Ocean, where many volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.

The heavy rains that were in effect last weekend are getting heavier in various parts of the country, especially in the Missayas and Mindanao regions of the Philippines.

In the statement issued by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), it was reported that the number of people who lost their lives due to floods and landslides caused by rainfall rose to 49, while 22 people are still missing, and 16 were injured. Villages, towns and roads were flooded, while more than 50,000 people left their homes.

The damage caused by the floods to infrastructure and farmland is estimated at 1.43 billion pesos ($24.4 million).

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