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Death toll from landslides, flooding in Philippines rises to 61

MANILA, The death toll from landslides and flooding triggered by heavy rains in the Philippines has risen to 61, the government said on Monday.

The deaths were mostly due to landslides and drowning in the Bicol region

and Eastern Visayas in the northern and central Philippines, according to the

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in its

latest report.

Fifty of the deaths were reported from the Bicol region while 11 from the

Eastern Visayas region.

The agency's report also indicated there are still 18 people missing in

both regions.

The NDRRMC said its offices in the affected regions are still on alert

and are continuously monitoring the ongoing response in the affected areas.

Moreover, the agency said that rescuers from the military, the police and

other government agencies are now conducting search, rescue and retrieval

operations in areas in the northern and central Philippines.

More than 79,000 people from 150 areas in the Philippines have been

affected by landslides and widespread flooding, according to the disaster

agency.

Aside from strong winds and heavy rains, areas ravaged by the tropical

depression experienced power outages. Several houses are buried in landslides

and roads sections were impassable due to severe flooding.

The agency floated the possibility that the death toll could increase as

retrieval operations continue.

The Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development has provided

the evacuees with family food packs and other relief goods. The agency also

has standby emergencyrelief funds worth around 212 million pesos (nearly 4

million U.S. dollars).

The country's national weather bureau earlier warned heavy rains may pour

over the northern and central Philippines brought on by the tropical

depression, which has already weakened into a lowpressure area after making

landfall in Eastern Samar in the central Philippines on Saturday.

Although the lowpressure area already left the Philippines on Sunday, the

national weather bureau warned that more rain is expected in the coming days.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)