Southern Philippines Struck by Deadly Flashfloods

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0  Updated at 7:47 am, December 17th, 2011 By: ABC Digital
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Bradley Ambrose/Getty Images(MANILA) — The southern Philippines have been hit by flashfloods which have left more than a hundred people dead.   

The flooding was triggered by a tropical storm. Tens of thousands of people in Mindanao in the southern Philippines have fled to higher ground, although many of the victims were asleep when the storm  struck.

Officials say the floodwaters rose at an alarmingly fast pace as rivers burst their banks. Large areas have been left without power. Reports of casualties are still coming in and the death toll is expected to rise.

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