A tropical cyclone in the southern Philippines has caused flooding in up to 20 villages.
Dozens of families have been evacuated in the southern province of Maguindanao because of heavy flooding caused by torrential rains from Cyclone Saola.
A passenger ship ran aground in the central province of Cebu, but the nearly 200 passengers and crew have been rescued.
Rains have blanketed most of the Philippines over the weekend, forcing the cancellation of at least thirteen domestic flights on Sunday.
With winds of up to 100 kilometres an hour, Cyclone Soala is now moving north-west towards Taiwan and China.
© ABC 2012
16:06 EST The weather bureau has implemented a new system of forecasting the seasonal outlook called Predictive Ocean Atmosphere Model for Australia, or POAMA.