Four Feet of Rain Floods Philippines, Displaces More Than 260,000 People

By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
January 23, 2014; 4:37 AM ET
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Parts of the Philippines have been ravaged by extreme weather and natural disasters during the past six months.

A deadly earthquake killed more than 100 people in October while damaging some of the oldest buildings in the country.

Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record at landfall, battered much of the central and southern Philippines while leaving entire towns destroyed and killing more than 6,000 people.

In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 photo, rescuers from the Comval Emergency Response Team continue their rescue operation following the flooding in the southern Philippines. (AP Photo/A. Dayao)

Parts of the central and southern Philippines, particularly eastern Mindanao, have suffered through rounds of torrential rainfall during the month of January that have affected nearly 900,000 people, according to Philippine Government.

More than 260,000 people have been displaced from their homes by the flooding during the same period, while at least 45 have been killed by flooding or mudslides.

Some of the hardest hit areas, including Hinatuan and Surigao, have received more than 4 feet (1,220 mm) of rain since Jan. 1, with rainfall occurring each day so far this year.

For comparison, Hinatuan's 52.91 inches (1,344 mm) of rainfall through Jan. 22 is more than the normal yearly precipitation in New York City, which is 49.94 inches (1,269 mm).

In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, photo, a house is half submerged in floodwaters in the southern Philippines. (AP Photo/A. Dayao)

While the southern Philippines have experienced a deluge of rain, Manila in the northern Philippines has recorded no measurable rainfall this month, as of Jan. 21.

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No relief over the next several days for the southern Philippines as moisture from former Tropical Storm Lingling, combined with the local monsoon, will lead to more heavy rainfall.

The hardest hit areas can have an additional 2-4 inches (50-100 mm) through Friday, however most will receive less than 2 inches (50 mm) during this stretch.


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