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Landslides, floods kill 26 in eastern Philippines

Landslides, floods kill 26 in eastern Philippines

Dozens of people were killed this weekend as Tropical Depression Usman swept over the central Philippines, triggering landslides and flooding.

Posadas said most of the reports on deaths were from landslides in the Bicol region, adding that a team from the NDRRMC, called management of the dead and missing cluster, was still confirming the reports.

More than 22 000 people were also displaced by the landslides and floods in six provinces that bore the brunt of the rains, the regional civil defence office said.

Three members of a family were buried in a landslide in Legazpi City southeast of Manila while a woman was crushed by another landslide in Bulan town as heavy rains brought by the storm loosened the earth, the government's office of civil defence said.

Data from NDRRMC showed the reported deaths come from Bicol region at 59, Eastern Visayas at 13, and 3 from other regions.

The most affected provinces like Albay province, Camarines Sur province, Camarines Norte province and Sorsogon province are now placed under a state of calamity.




It killed more than 7,000 people and affected millions.

Thousands of others were stranded at seaports, airports and bus terminals following the cancelation of dozens of inter-island trips.

"Usman" eventually weakened into a low pressure area after it hit land in Eastern Samar Saturday morning.

Government forecasters said Sunday that heavy rain would continue over the next 24 hours in the northern Philippines.

A cold front and the north-east monsoon were also bringing bad weather over the capital and other parts of the country, which could dampen usually rowdy New Year's Eve celebrations.

Tropical Storm Usman, which entered the Philippines on Christmas Day, emerged as the deadliest weather disaster for the country this year following Typhoon Mangkhut in September.

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