Death toll in Philip­pine storm, land­slides surges to 122

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Asean Focus -

The death toll in heavy rains that trig­gered land­slides and flash flood­ing in the Philip­pines has risen to 122, a gov­ern­ment dis­as­ter agency said on Thurs­day.

The Philip­pine Na­tional Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Coun­cil said that 37 new deaths were re­ported in con­nec­tion with the re­cent trop­i­cal de­pres­sion, bring­ing the death toll to 122 peo­ple.

The new fa­tal­i­ties are all from the worst-hit Bi­col re­gion, which now has a to­tal of 105 deaths. Of­fi­cials said the deaths in the re­gion were mostly caused by land­slides, trig­gered by heavy rains.

Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte is sched­uled to visit the Bi­col re­gion on Fri­day, Pres­i­den­tial spokesman Sal­vador Panelo said, adding Duterte wants to see for him­self the de­struc­tion brought about by the heavy rains.

Ri­cardo Jalad, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the coun­cil, ear­lier at­trib­uted the high num­ber of re­ported ca­su­al­ties from storm Us­man to the fail­ure of pre­emp­tive evac­u­a­tion of res­i­dents liv­ing in risky ar­eas. – Xin­hua

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