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More than 60 dead due to floods, landslides in the Philippines

At least 67 people have been confirmed dead as a result of landslides and floods that hit the southern Philippines on Friday.

NDTV reports revealed that rescuers are making efforts to save residents of a mountain village that was buried in the mud.

It was revealed that a village called Kusiong was responsible for many of the 50 deaths in the area around the town of Datu Odin Sinsuat.

The area’s Civil Protection office said heavy overnight rains triggered floods mixed with mud, as well as fallen rocks and trees that buried the community.

Similar storms also hit villages in the nearby towns of Datu Blah Sinsuat and Upi, killing 17 more.

Eleven people remain missing and 31 were injured, according to official data.

Flash floods from rains brought on by Tropical Storm Nalgae inundated nine mostly rural villages around Cotabato, a city of 300,000 on the island of Mindanao that was also submerged in widespread flooding.

Many residents were surprised when the floods rose rapidly before dawn, said Naguib Sinarimbo, a spokesman and head of civil protection for the regional government.

Crews in rubber boats had rescued residents from rooftops in some towns, Sinarimbo said.

More than 7,000 people were evacuated from communities prone to flooding and landslides in those areas, the civil protection office said in an updated count.

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