Death toll in Philippines storm reaches 85

Jan 02, 2019, 13:18 IST | IANS

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) estimated 191,597 people were displaced and 40 were injured

Death toll in Philippines storm reaches 85
This handout photo taken and released by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on December 31, 2018 shows people standing in front of their damage houses in Lope De Vega Town in Northern Samar, central Philippines. - The death toll from a storm that struck the Philippines shortly after Christmas rose to 68 with the number of fatalities expected to climb even higher, civil defence officials said on December 31. Pic/AFP

At least 85 people have died and 20 remain missing in floods and landslides triggered by storm Usman as it passed through the Philippines, officials said on Wednesday.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) estimated 191,597 people were displaced and 40 were injured. Out of the total number of people affected, only 24,894 were in shelters set up in the central and northern regions of the country, Efe news reported.

Local authorities declared a state of calamity in Camarines Sur, a province in Bicol region, which has a population of almost 2 million. The measure will speed up the disbursement of funds to the affected and repair damage to the infrastructure network.

Eastern Visayas, along with Bicol, was another region hardest hit by Usman, a tropical depression that arrived on Saturday and was now outside the country. The Philippines is hit by between 15 and 20 typhoons each year during the rainy or monsoon season, which usually begins in May or June and ends in November or December.

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