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7 killed, 2 missing in flash floods in southern Philippines caused by heavy rain

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MANILA, Philippines — Flash floods caused by heavy rain have killed at least seven people, including four children, in the southern Philippines, officials said Wednesday. Two others remain missing.

The regional Office of Civil Defense said the dead in southern Bukidnon province's Valencia City included a 6-month-old girl and three other children aged 6 to 9. They drowned Tuesday but their bodies were retrieved Wednesday.

Weather bureau official Esperanza Cayanan warned of possible landslides after two weeks of heavy rain in the central and southern regions.

She said starting Wednesday, the southwest monsoon will be enhanced by Typhoon Soudelor, triggering strong to moderate rains. Soudelor is approaching the Philippines but is not expected to make landfall.

As of late Wednesday, Soudelor was 1,235 kilometers (767 miles) east of northern Calayan island, packing winds of 195 kilometers (121 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 230 kph (143 mph).

Cayanan is moving at 20 kph (12 mph) and is expected to blow away by Saturday toward Taiwan.

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