Death toll from floods, landslides rises to 47

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 15 2011 12:38 PM | Updated as of Jan 17 2011 12:33 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The death toll from floods and landslides caused by sustained heavy rains in parts of the country has risen to 47 with more than a million people displaced, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported Saturday.

The NDRRMC reported that majority of the 47 fatalities died from drowning and landslides. It said 4 people in Catanduanes and Agusan del Sur have also been reported missing.

It also reported that floods and landslides that hit 25 provinces in the regions of Calabarzon, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Davao, Soksargen, Caraga and ARMM have affected more than 1.3 million people.

The agency said floods and landslides damaged 1,582 houses and destroyed crops worth P417 million. The calamity's damage to infrastructure was pegged at P1.08 billion.

President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III on Friday blamed the deaths and devastating effect of the continuous rains in the country to massive illegal logging.

President Aquino has said that he will sign an executive order that will impose a total log ban in at least 6 provinces.