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    Deadly Flooding and Mudslides Continue in the Philippines

    By By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
    January 16, 2014, 11:27:45 PM EST

    Days of heavy rainfall caused by a tropical low have resulted in numerous mudslides and widespread flooding across the southern Philippines.

    Surigao City, in northern Mindanao, has received more than 500 mm (20 inches) of rain since the weekend, and more heavy rainfall is expected in the coming days. Another 100-200 mm (4-8 inches) of rain can fall in northern Mindanao and the central and eastern Visayan Islands through Saturday night according to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Eric Wanenchak.

    According to the Philippine Government, nearly 340,000 people have been affected by the recent flooding. At least 26 people have died, and 11 more remain missing as rain continues to fall across the region.

    Many roads and bridges are no longer passable leading to problems reaching some villages that have been hit hardest by the flooding and mudslides.

    @PeterPaulX tweeted: "At least 13 people dead in SE #Philippines after flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rains, the @pressassoc reports."

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    While rainfall has totaled more than 250 mm (10 inches) in some areas, much of the southern and east-central Philippines have had rainfall amounts of 75-150 mm (3-6 inches).

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    Unfortunately, the tropical low pressure responsible for the flooding and mudslides will remain nearly stationary over the region through much of this week, resulting in a continued threat for life-threatening conditions.

    Although the worst of the flooding was initially south of areas hit hardest by former Super Typhoon Haiyan, locally heavy rainfall as spread into the hardest hit areas, including Tacloban City Tuesday into Wednesday.

    These areas will continue to see the heaviest rainfall through at least Friday as the tropical low slowly drifts westward over the region.

    By early next week, this tropical low is expected to drift into the South China Sea, west of the Philippines, and could become an organized tropical cyclone.


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