Death toll in Philippine floods, landslides at 43


MANILA — The death toll in floods and landslides triggered by more than three weeks of heavy rains in the Philippines has risen to 43, the government said Wednesday.

Among the latest victims were seven people who drowned Monday and Tuesday in floods that swamped a large area in the eastern provinces of Northern Samar and Eastern Samar.

Rescuers also recovered on Wednesday the bodies of two people who drowned in floods in Bacolod province, and a 14-year-old boy who was swept away in a swollen river in Tacloban City.

More than 1 million people were displaced because of the bad weather that has affected the eastern and southern Philippines since late December, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Council said.

Damage to agriculture, infrastructure and private property was estimated to have reached at least 898.25 million pesos (US$20.41 million), the agency said.