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At least 75 dead after storm Usman hits Philippines

At least 75 dead after storm Usman hits Philippines

At least 61 people have been killed and another 18 remain missing, the national disaster management agency reported, according to the New York Times.

Four people were killed in landslides and thousands of others evacuated from their homes after a storm swept through the central Philippine islands on Saturday, officials said.

Most of the victims died in landslides, including a family of three who were sleeping when their house was buried in Legazpi City in Albay province, 336 kilometres south-east of Manila, police said.

Rescue teams were still searching for several missing in the affected areas, emergency officials said.

NDRRMC Spokesperson Edgar Posadas said majority of the casualties were from the Bicol region which was hit badly by landslides.

Rains brought by Usman triggered floods of up to 20 feet in Lope de Vega town, Northern Samar.

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Fifty-seven of the dead were reported from Bicol, while 11 people died in nearby Eastern Visayas, the office said.

Almost 25,000 people were displaced by the landslides and floods in 13 provinces, according to the agency.

Nevertheless, it continued to dump days of heavy rain in the Bicol region and Eastern Visayas, triggering landslides and massive flooding.

The tropical depression, which has since been downgraded to a low pressure area, left the Philippines on this afternoon.

A cold front and the northeast monsoon were also bringing bad weather over the capital, Manila, 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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