Search ongoing for woman, girl missing after tsunami-like waves slammed into Sultan Kudarat village

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DANGER ZONE. Portion of a road in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat was washed away by heavy rains brought by Typhoon Leon. PHOTO FROM PALIMBANG LGU

COTABATO CITY—Authorities in Palimbang town, Sultan Kudarat province searched the entire day on Wednesday (Sept. 16) for a 60-year-old woman and a 12-year-old-girl who went missing after their coastal community was pummelled by waves the size of buildings late on Tuesday (Sept. 15).

Palimbang Mayor Teng Kapinan said search and workers had seen no trace of the two so far.

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Kapinan said search and rescue efforts have been hampered by continued rains on Wednesday.

FLIMSY. Houses made of light materials along the coast of Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat had been laid to waste by waves brought by Typhoon Leon. PHOTO FROM PALIMBANG LGU

At least 25 houses made of light materials built along the seaside of a community called Kampo Muslim at the village of Poblacion were washed out by waves spawned by Typhoon Leon.

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The storm also brought rampaging flood waters that devastated houses and infrastructure in Poblacion, Langili and Medol villages.

The approach of a bridge has collapsed due to flash floods.

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