Manila: The death toll from heavy rain and floods triggered by shear line in the Philippines has climbed to 44, said the government’s disaster agency on Friday.
At least 28 others were still missing, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in its updated report.
The NDRRMC has tallied 35 deaths in southern Philippines, six in Bicol region on the main Luzon Island, and three in central Philippines.
The flooding forced the government to move over 500,000 people in nine regions across the Southeast Asian country.
The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries globally, mainly due to its location in the Pacific Ring of Fire and the Pacific typhoon belt. On average, the country experiences 20 typhoons yearly, some of which are intense and destructive.