Tropical storm Auring washes away home in the Philippines


Dramatic footage shows an entire house being swept away by a swollen river during tropical storm Auring in the Philippines on February 21.

The home was ripped from its foundations by the force of the torrents while scared residents watched on in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur province.

Resident Jomarie Tubo said that they were preparing to evacuate when they saw their neighbour’s house slowly drifting in the water.

He said: ‘There was no person inside the house but I feel bad for my neighbour who lost their property.’

Thousands were taken to temporary shelters in Visayas and Mindanao region as the storm approached.

They are expected to return to their homes once the water levels are safe. Water had slightly receded in the area today (Feb 22) after the tropical cyclone weakened and made landfall over Batag island in Northern Samar province.

However, weather state bureau PAGASA said the tropical cyclone will still continue to dump torrential rain and gusty wind over Southern Luzon region after its combined effects with the northeast monsoon.

Thousands of families have been evacuated from what is the first severe tropical storm to hit the Philippines of 2021.