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Philippines – Flash floods have left seven people dead in the southern Philippines after more than a month’s worth of rain fell in just one day. Disaster relief agencies in the area said that thousands of people had to be evacuated from their homes on Monday. Torrential downpours and a high tide left many areas under water. More than 6,800 people were forced to leave their homes as the water rose waist-high in Mindanao. The city of Dipolog recorded a staggering 205mm of rain in the 24 hours up to 06:00 GMT on Tuesday. Dipolog’s average January rainfall is 99mm. Around 300km to the east, Cagayan De Oro has been left under water. Disaster officials declared a state of calamity following the massive flooding in the city, and authorities carried out forced evacuations, especially for those living near the River Ipunan River.