Twelve people were killed, mostly due to drowning in floods, while more than 2,500 others fled their homes as rains continued to hit different parts of the country, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

In the Visayas, seven people, most of whom were children, drowned in floods caused by rains that are among effects of the tail-end of a cold front.

The NDRRMC identified the seven as Diomer Albay, 14, Kathlene Padilla, 3, Jolly Dioso, 14, Karen Denubo, 10, Rey Reyes, 9, all of Capiz; Jean Academia, 50, of Negros Oriental; and Angelo Sergio, 8, of Northern Samar.

Capiz experienced widespread flooding, with 143 barangays in Roxas City and 12 towns inundated.

Also flooded were several barangays in Calapan City, Baco, Naujan, Mansalay, and Pola in Mindoro; Dumaguete City and Valencia in Negros Oriental; Palo and Tacloban City in Leyte; Catubig, Northern Samar; and Panabo City and Carmen in Davao del Norte.

At least 2,220 residents of the flooded areas remain in evacuation centers while 251 others are taking shelter at the home of relatives of firends, according to the NDRRMC.

The rains were also felt in Metro Manila and northern Luzon, leaving a bridge in Penablanca, Cagayan, impassable on Friday afternoon. Two rivers in Aurora overflowed while a landslide was also reported, according to the NDRRMC.

In the Bicol region, five people drowned while three others are still missing due to floods and sea mishaps, amid rains caused by a low-pressure area.

The NDRRMC identified the fatalities were as Edwin de la Concepcion, 25, of Catanduanes; Antonette Plumaje, 30, and her son Errol John, 6, of Camarines Sur; and couple Vicente, 55, and Delia Renzales, 54, of Masbate.

The rains affected 15,869 people in Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte, but only 167 remain in evacuation centers, according to the agency. (John Roson)

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