House collapses in raging flood as Philippines hit by torrential rain

A house collapsed in raging floods as the death toll from Christmas storms in the Philippines rose to 25 on Wednesday.Footage shows the wooden home flattened amid the gushing torrent flowing across roads in Clarin town in Misamis Occidental province on December 25.Resident Juls Malandaya said locals were evacuated from the area as authorities feared the water may rise and surge again.Heavy rain and floods have been hammering the archipelago's central and southern islands over the weekend due to the shear line or front where cold and warm air collide, state weather bureau PAGASA said.The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that at least 25 people were reported dead and nine were injured, while 26 were missing as of December 28.Of the casualties, 15 were found in the coastal provinces of North Mindanao island in the country's south.The NDRRMC also reported that 81,443 people are currently staying in evacuation centres. Relief goods and cash assistance are being handed out to the flood victims, the agency added.Tropical Philippines sees an average of 20 storms per year. The Southeast Asian nation - ranked among the most vulnerable to climate change - grapples with devastating floods and landslides annually.