The flash flood in Southern Philippine provinces that I've shared from previous blog and requested your help about a week ago still badly need your help. The death toll have reach 1,249 said Civil defense chief Benito Ramos of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. They had stop counting missing people as there are no reliable sources as to how many are really missing but he told the Arm Forces of the Philippines that death toll would continue rising as more bodies were still being retrieved from the sea off the southern island of Mindanao or found trapped beneath fallen fallen logs and mud.
Tropical storm Sendong (international name Washi) brought heavy rains, overflowing rivers and flash floods to the southern Philippines from December 16 to 18, sweeping away whole villages built on sandbars and riverbanks.
Recovering the bodies has been hampered by the fatigue of rescue workers who have been laboring non-stop since the storm hit, said regional disaster council chief Ana Caneda. "Even the (corpse) sniffing dogs are tired," she said.
The southern port cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan bore the brunt of the disaster, and suffered most of the fatalities. More than 376,000 people were displaced by the storm and almost 55,000 are still huddled in crowded makeshift evacuation centers, the disaster council said.