At least 68 dead and 129,000 displaced leave Usman storm in the Philippines

At least 68 dead and 129,000 displaced leave Usman storm in the Philippines

At least 68 people have died, 12 are injured, 19 have been reported missing and another 128,982 have been affected by floods, landslides and other catastrophes caused by the Usman storm this weekend in the Philippines, reported today Monday official sources.

The number of victims "is pending verification," warned the National Council for Disaster Reduction and Management (NDRRMC), the Philippine body that coordinates information during disasters.

Of the total compensated, only 14,444 Filipinos are served in reception centers installed in the central and northern regions of the country, the most affected.

The damage figure is still beginning because it only contains six homes destroyed and seven partially damaged, in addition to disruption on 78 roads, three bridges and 23 power plants.

Local authorities have declared the state of calamity in Camarines del Sur, a province of the Bicol region, located in the southeast of Luzon, whose capital is Pili and which has a population of almost two million inhabitants.

The measure will expedite the disbursement of funds to address those affected and repair the damage to the infrastructure network.

Visayas Oriental, along with Bicol, is the other region of the Philippines most affected by Usman, a tropical depression that made landfall last Saturday and which is moving away today in the South China Sea, which has become a low pressure.

"This meteorological disturbance has stopped affecting the country," the NDRRMC said today, after placing it 750 kilometers west of Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan, located in the west of the Philippine archipelago.

The Philippines is affected by 15 to 20 typhoons every year during the rainy or monsoon season, which usually starts in May or June and ends in November or December.


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