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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 December 2005, 10:32 GMT
Philippines flooding causes chaos
By Sarah Toms
BBC News, Manila

Two people were buried alive by a landslide in the Philippines and more than 100,000 have been affected after heavy rains caused flooding.

The floods have burst dykes, forcing people in low lying areas to flee their homes in three provinces south of Manila.

More than 60,000 people have been evacuated in Quezon, Camarines Norte and Mindoro Oriental.

Relief officials are appealing for food, water and blankets.

Wide swathes of land have been affected by the landslides and floods, and many businesses, farms and homes have been damaged.

More rain due

The worst hit area is Calapan City on Mindoro Island. Officials say flood waters there are now chest high.

And hundreds of commuters are stranded in bus terminals as travel in parts of the central Philippines has been suspended.

Relief workers say they need food, medicine, blankets and rubber boats to evacuate more residents to safer areas.

The army said bad weather has prevented military helicopters from reaching the flooded areas.

Environmental activists say the effects of the flood are made worse by logging, quarrying, and slash and burn farming.

And with more rain expected, the situation is only likely to get worse.

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