Several regions of the country have been hit hard by floods and landslides that have devastated the entire villages.
The so-called Storm Tembin has destroyed areas in a northwestern part of Philippines, which according to data published on Saturday (23.12.2017) by the local authorities, has left at least 133 dead victims, more than 75 thousand displaced in the area since it began.
The victims are concentrated in the provinces of Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga del Norte and Lanao del Sur, all of them in the northwestern part of Mindanao, with at least 62, 46 and 18 dead respectively, according to the Inquirer portal. Several dozen others are missing due to the storm that is heading towards the island of Palawan, in the west of the archipelago, where the authorities have raised the alert.
In the city of Sibuco, in Zambaonga, the floods devastated at least a hundred houses in a fishing settlement, said Manuel Luis Ochotorena, director of the regional Civil Defense.
Only in this region, one of the poorest in the Philippines, it is estimated that there are at least 58 people missing, which suggests that the death toll will rise within hours from now.
The mayor of Sibuco, Bong Edding, said that “the waters came down from the mountain at great speed and destroyed houses and people, it is very terrible that these things happen so close to Christmas, but they are beyond our control.”
They promised to send aid to the affected provinces as soon as possible.
“We will continue with the affected communities,” said presidential spokesman Harry Roque.