Landslides, floods kill 22 in Zambales

23 Sep


By Bebot Sison Jr.

SUBIC, Philippines – For two days, the monsoon rains poured incessantly, swelling rivers and causing flooding up to two meters deep. On the third day yesterday, soil loosened by the rains came crashing down on communities in Zambales, burying scores of residents.

As of last night, 22 bodies had been found in the landslide areas, with the town of Subic the worst hit.

The monsoons, enhanced by Super Typhoon Odette (international name Usagi), stranded hundreds of residents on rooftops in Subic and cut off the municipality from the rest of the province, officials said.

Subic Mayor Jefferson Khonghun said heavy rains caused rain-soaked soil to cascade down.

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