At least 10 people have died and another three have gone missing in the floods that struck the southern Philippines last week, officials said Saturday.

The national emergency management office said in a communique that the latest victim to be identified is a 70-year-old woman who was drowned in Surigao del Sur province on Mindanao island.

It also said that floods left eight people injured and affected half a million people, 53,748 of whom are currently staying at evacuation shelters.

The organization estimated at 111 million pesos ($2.7 million or 2 million euros) the amount of damage caused by the flooding to infrastructures, agriculture and private property.

Shantytowns, the accumulation of trash in sewers and run-down infrastructures turn into true disasters the monsoon rains that every year take numerous victims in the Philippines between May and October. EFE