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56 dead from landslides, floods in Philippines

56 dead from landslides, floods in Philippines

More than 22,000 people were displaced by the bad weather, which also knocked out electricity in numerous affected areas, regional civil defence officials said.

In nearby Tiwi town, also in Albay province, four people were also killed in a separate landslide, the regional disaster relief agency said.

The storm affected almost 190,000 people, officials said, with dozens of areas facing power outages as a result of infrastructure damage.

Usman, a slow-moving storm with winds of up to 55 kilometers (34 miles) an hour, killed at least 61 people as it triggered floods and landslides and forced thousands to flee to safer grounds.

Most victims died in landslides, including a family of three asleep when their house was buried in Legazpi City, 336 kilometres southeast of Manila, police said on Sunday.

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

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

Scores of people have been killed after a powerful storm swept through the Philippines over the weekend.

In a dzMM interview aired on Tuesday, NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad noted that some residents in mountainside villages refused to evacuate after Usman weakened into a low pressure area.

Many of those who perished were due to landslides and floods, the region's civil defense office said in a report.

The national disaster agency said the weather system was "no longer affecting any part of the country" but forecast light rain for some areas.

An average of 20 typhoons and storms lash the Philippines each year, killing hundreds of people.


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