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Philippine Storm: Death Toll Rises To 68, Fatalities Expected To Climb Higher

The storm that hit Philippines shortly after Christmas caused the death of fifty-seven people in the mountainous Bicol region, southeast of Manila, while 11 were killed in the central island of Samar, mostly due to landslides and drownings.

Philippine Storm: Death Toll Rises To 68, Fatalities Expected To Climb Higher
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Philippine Storm: Death Toll Rises To 68, Fatalities Expected To Climb Higher
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2018-12-31T13:26:40+05:30

The Philippine storm's death toll rose to 68 with the number of fatalities expected to climb even higher, civil defence officials said Monday

The storm that hit Philippines shortly after Christmas caused the death of fifty-seven people in the mountainous Bicol region, southeast of Manila, while 11 were killed in the central island of Samar, mostly due to landslides and drownings, the officials said.

"I am afraid this (death toll) will still go up because there are a lot of areas we still have to clear," said Claudio Yucot, Bicol civil defence director.

The weather disturbance locally named "Usman" hit the country on Saturday. While it did not have powerful winds it brought heavy rains that caused floods and loosened the soil, triggering landslides in some areas.

Many people failed to take necessary precautions because Usman was not strong enough to be rated as a typhoon under the government's storm alert system, Yucot said.

"People were overconfident because they were on (Christmas) vacation mode and there was no tropical cyclone warning," he told AFP.

Although Usman has since moved westward away from the country, many affected areas were still experiencing seasonal rains, hampering rescue and recovery efforts, he added.

At least 17 people are still missing and more than 40,000 were displaced nationwide due to the storm, the civil defence office said.

An average of 20 typhoons and storms lash the Philippines each year, killing hundreds of people and leaving millions in near-perpetual poverty.

In the year 2013, the most powerful storm was 'Super Typhoon Haiyan' which left more than 7,360 people dead or missing across the central Philippines.

(AFP)

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