A tragic distaste has just struck thousands of people living in the Philippines. According to reports, at least 182 people are now dead after a tropical storm destroyed the region.
Dozens of other people are still missing. The storm created intense flooding in the area and residents were forced to flee their homes in search of safety and dry land. Shocking reports also came in that one man was killed by a crocodile while trying to get in a rescue boat.
"The floodwaters from the mountain came down so fast and swept away people and houses," Bong Edding said. "It's really sad because Christmas is just a few days away. But these things happen beyond our control."
People in the area have blamed the massive flood and mudslides on recent logging in the area in prior years. The lack of timber has allowed the ground to be susceptible to mudslides and flood the villages.
Emergency workers are on the scene and rescue operations are underway. The crews are trying to also clear debris, restore power, and search for missing people. Thousands have already taken shelter in emergency staging areas as they wait for the area to stabilize.
As of now, the storm is set to be heading west and hopefully out to sea. The Philippines are sadly used to this kind of tragedy. Roughly 20 storms bombard the area each year and many prove to be deadly.
Please join us in praying for the people of the Philippines during this Christmas season. We also send prayers to rescue workers as they continue their efforts. Let us know your thoughts about this new development. Also, read our other breaking news story here.