TOP News

Australia: Death toll from Philippine floods rises to 25

U.S. State Dept says toll of COVID in China a concern for the world

  U.S. State Dept says toll of COVID in China a concern for the world By Humeyra Pamuk WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States hopes that China can address the current COVID-19 outbreak as the toll of the virus is a global concern due to the size of the Chinese economy, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Monday. "The toll of the virus is of concern to the rest of the world given the size of China's GDP, given the size of China's economy," Price toldWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States hopes that China can address the current COVID-19 outbreak as the toll of the virus is a global concern due to the size of the Chinese economy, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Monday.

The death toll from floods in the Philippines has risen to 25, officials said Wednesday, with storms expected to dump more rain over the hardest-hit southern and central regions.

Christmas Day flooding in the Philippines has claimed at least 25 lives, officials say © Handout Christmas Day flooding in the Philippines has claimed at least 25 lives, officials say

Tens of thousands of people were forced to flee their homes as heavy rain submerged rural villages, towns and highways on Christmas Day, dampening festivities on the most important holiday in the mainly Catholic nation.

At least 13 people died, most from drowning, in the province of Misamis Occidental on the southern island of Mindanao, the national disaster agency said in updating the toll.

Kim Cattrall Mourns Death of Mom Shane at 93: 'Rest in Peace Mum'

  Kim Cattrall Mourns Death of Mom Shane at 93: 'Rest in Peace Mum' Courtesy of Kim Cattrall/Instagram Paying tribute. Kim Cattrall announced the death of her mom, Shane Cattrall, in a heartfelt post honoring her mother’s life. “Shane Cattrall 1929 – 2022,” the Sex and the City alum, 66, wrote via Instagram on Tuesday, December 20, alongside a carousel of photos of her and her mother throughout the […]“Shane Cattrall 1929 – 2022,” the Sex and the City alum, 66, wrote via Instagram on Tuesday, December 20, alongside a carousel of photos of her and her mother throughout the years. “Rest in peace Mum .

Twenty-six people were still missing. Nine have been injured.

The state weather forecaster said moderate to heavy rains were likely across southern and central regions on Wednesday and Thursday due to a low-pressure area off the coast that could develop into a tropical depression.

"Flooding and rain-induced landslides are likely, especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards," the weather bureau said.

The disaster agency said relief efforts were under way to help people in areas hit hard by the flooding, as more than 81,000 people sheltered in evacuation centres.

Officials on Wednesday were to conduct aerial surveillance over Misamis Occidental to assess the extent of the damage.

The weather turned bad over the weekend as the disaster-prone nation of 110 million people prepared for a long Christmas holiday.

The Philippines is ranked among the most vulnerable nations to the impacts of climate change, and scientists have warned that storms are becoming more powerful as the world gets warmer.

mff/amj/cwl

Floods in the Philippines: the balance sheet climbs to 25 dead, more than 20 people still wanted .
© Handout/AFP of residents examining the damage caused by heavy rain and floods in the city of Oroquieta, in the Philippines after the floods . Authorities revised the review after the floods that hit the Philippines on Christmas Day. At least 25 people died, 26 are still wanted and nearly ten injured have been identified. Tens of thousands of people also had to flee their homes.

See also