Floods Wash Away Philippine Homes

More flooding, brought on by the second tropical storm to hit the Philippines within 10 days, has left thousands of people homeless and at least 18 villages under water, Catholic Relief Services officials reported. Flooding in the provinces of Pangasinan and Benguet, about 120 miles from the capital, Manila, began Oct. 8 after one dam collapsed and officials released water to save another dam from being breached as the storm continued its onslaught. The region under water was already saturated after Typhoon Ketsana swept through the country on Sept. 26, dumping more than a month’s worth of rain in 12 hours. Officials from Catholic Relief Services and Caritas Internationalis visited the region on Oct. 10 to assess the damage and determine how many people were forced to flee when waters rose rapidly after the dam along the Agno River failed.

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