Death toll in Philippine storm, landslides surges to 122
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