The death toll from landslides and floods triggered by torrential rain in the southern Philippines in the past week has risen to 14, official tallies showed Saturday.Update February 5
Rain has pounded parts of Mindanao, the country's second-largest island, on and off for weeks and forced tens of thousands of people into emergency shelters.
At least 10 people died in recent days in the mountainous gold mining province of Davao de Oro as it endured relentless downpours.
"I haven't experienced that kind of heavy and continuous rain before," provincial information officer Fe Maestre told AFP.
Of the 10 deaths in Davao de Oro, three were recorded in New Bataan municipality and another four people were killed in landslides in Maragusan and Monkayo municipalities, disaster officials told AFP.
Another three people drowned in separate incidents in Pantukan and Maco municipalities in Davao de Oro.
In the neighbouring province of Davao del Norte, a landslide buried four people inside a house in Kapalong municipality, rescue officer Jaiasent Cabactulan told AFP.
At least 20 people have died after days of torrential rains in parts of the southern Philippines, provincial disaster agencies said on Monday.
Thirteen people died in Davao de Oro province while two were missing, and seven people were killed in neighbouring Davao del Norte, disaster agency officials said.
A northeast monsoon and trough of a low pressure area brought rains in southern Mindanao region from Jan. 28 to Feb. 2, resulting in deadly floods and landslides, data from the national disaster agency show.