Just two months after one of the strongest storms to form on planet Earth slammed into the central Philippines, hundreds of survivors were forced to flee by tropical depression "Agaton” on Tuesday.
Emergency shelters were damaged or destroyed on the eastern central island of Samar. Thousands of people were evacuated across the southern Philippines, including many already made homeless by the Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in November, after three days of rain flooded towns and farmland.
Tents collapsed under the weight of the rain and emergency plastic sheets have been torn away, humanitarian agency Oxfam told Reuters.
An average of 20 typhoons hit the Philippines every year with Haiyan slamming into central islands on Nov. 8, killing more than 6,100 and wiping out entire coastal communities in Leyte and Samar.
More than 200,000 people have been taken to shelters over the last three days as flood waters rose, but hundreds were still marooned on the roofs of their houses on Tuesday, said Eduardo del Rosario, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
Del Rosario said 42 people had been killed, 65 had been injured and damage to property and farms had reached 367 million pesos ($8.13 million).
A state of calamity has been declared in Agusan del Norte and 15 other towns in the Davao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur areas of Mindanao even as weather bureau lifted alert levels as the storm weakened.