Updated: 1/3/2019 4:04:11 AM
The death toll from Tropical Depression Usman in Bicol, the Visayas and Southern Tagalog has reached 87, with 20 others missing, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported yesterday. NDRRMC spokesman Edgar Posadas said the figures are still subject to validation by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)’s Management of the Dead and the Missing (MDM).
Posadas said Usman also directly affected 45,348 families or 191,597 people from 457 barangays in Bicol, Eastern Samar and the Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon (Calabarzon) region, as well as in Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon-Palawan (Mimaropa).
Of the displaced families, 41 of them totally lost their houses either to landslides or flooding in Bicol, Calabarzon, Mimaropa and Eastern Visayas.
Updated: 12/31/2018 6:50:29 AM
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 Monday.
Fifty-seven people died 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.
Updated: 12/30/2018 4:10:59 AM
Tropical Storm Usman, which entered the Philippines on Christmas Day, has killed at least 16 people as it churned across several provinces, triggering floods and landslides and forcing thousands to flee to safer grounds.
The storm has displaced at least 17,000 people in the Bicol region in the southern part of the Philippines' main Luzon island. Three died in Albay province due to a landslide, while seven more were killed in Masbate, most of them drowning, the region's civil defense office said in a statement. Six more deaths were reported from Sorsogon and Camarines Sur provinces.
Updated: 12/29/2018 3:13:35 AM
Three people, a couple and their son, were killed in a landslide in Legazpi City, Albay late Friday night, the first confirmed casualties of a tropical depression that has since been downgraded into a low pressure area.
Updated: 12/28/2018 3:07:19 AM
Tropical Depression Usman maintained its track toward Eastern Visayas before dawn on Friday, December 28, with its landfall expected in the evening.
In a bulletin issued 5 am on Friday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Usman is already 285 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar. It is still moving west northwest at 10 kilometers per hour (km/h).
The tropical depression continues to have maximum winds of 55 km/h and gustiness of up to 65 km/h. But it could strengthen into a tropical storm before hitting land.
Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal no. 1 is given for: Northern Palawan including Calamian group of Islands, Camarines Norte, Southern Quezon, Marinduque, Romblon, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, Southern Occidental Mindoro, Southern Oriental Mindoro and Cuyo, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Northern Cebu including Camotes Islands, Aklan, Capiz, Iloilo, Guimaras, Antique and Northern Negros Occidental, Mindanao, Dinagat Island.
Residents of these areas, especially those living near river channels and in low-lying and mountainous areas, are advised to take appropriate measures. The residents are also advised to coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates. The northeast monsoon will also be affecting northern Luzon. The weather bureau said isolated floodings or landslides are possible due to scattered to widespread heavy rains.
Published Thursday, December 27, 2018
Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal 1 has been raised for most of eastern and central Visayas, parts of southern Luzon and Dinagat Island in northern Mindanao, according to the Philippines weather authority PAGASA.
Moderate to heavy rains caused by Usman may trigger flooding and landslides and are expected to affect Bicol region, eastern Visayas and Dinagat, PAGASA reported.
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