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At least 10 people were killed and six were missing in flooding and landslides triggered by weeklong rains in the eastern Philippines. FREAK weather brought heavy rains and flooding to some parts of Visayas and Luzon, sending hundreds of villagers to rooftops as floodwaters rose. The rains may have abated on Tuesday but many people in remote areas in Samar have resorted to eating raw bananas. Relief goods could not reach them with many roads still blocked or submerged in water. Eastern Samar province reported estimated damages of over P34 million to rice crops and fruit-bearing trees. Nonstop rains in the mountain ranges of Oriental Mindoro Monday night caused flooding and swelling of the river known as Mag-asawang Tubig, and displaced 4,300 families. The Camarines provinces were beset with intermittent rains and occasional wind surges, while Legazpi City had ankle-deep floods.

SOUTH AFRICA - Eastern Cape FREAK storm devastates village - A flash hailstorm, accompanied by strong winds, has left a youth dead and destroyed several homesteads at Mekeni village near Ngqamakwe in the Eastern Cape. The freak storm flattened some homes, leaving about 50 families destitute and causing damage estimated at thousands of rands.

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