Manila - Philippine Navy and Coast Guard vessels launched search and rescue operations Friday for 26 fishermen who went missing amid bad weather that left at least five people dead.
The fishermen went out to sea Tuesday despite heavy rains and strong waves and have not returned to their hometown in the north-western province of Pangasinan since then, the Office of Civil Defence said.
The agency said stormy weather had prevented authorities from immediately looking for the missing fishermen.
At least 13 provinces and the capital, Manila, were inundated after days of heavy rains brought by a low pressure area and a tropical depression.
More than 170,000 residents have been affected by the floods in six southern provinces since last week, the agency said.
The tropical depression, which has developed into a storm, has left the country and was moving toward Taiwan, forecasters said.