December 16, 2011. Typhoon Sendong (international name Washi) made landfall on the eastern coast of Mindanao late at night, packing winds of up to 75 kph. It also brought “super heavy” rain that lasted for ten to twelve hours.
This continuous rainfall triggered an overflow of the Cagayan de Oro River, and literally swept away communities on the river’s vicinity. In Iligan City and most parts of Lanao del Norte and the Zamboanga Peninsula, deforestation caused massive landslides.
As of December 27, according to the NDRMMC, the death toll has reached 1,453, with 891 deaths in Cagayan de Oro City and 408 in Iligan City.
Front Pages 2011 is Pinoy Index’s way of looking back at notable events of 2011, as presented on the front page of the three leading broadsheet newspapers in the country: the Manila Bulletin, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and the Philippine Star.