Tropical depression leaves 8 dead, 1 missing in Philippines

Monday, 2020-12-21 14:19:13
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Floodwaters and landslides triggered by a tropical depression that battered many areas in the Philippines over the weekend have left at least eight people dead, two injured and one missing, authorities said on Monday.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) of the Philippines, the casualties were reported in Eastern Visayas region, Davao region and Caraga region.

The NDRRMC said the tropical depression affected over 36,000 residents in central and southern Philippines and caused PHP110.4 million (US$23 million) worth of damage to infrastructure.

The tropical depression has left the Philippines on Sunday, according to the state weather bureau.

The country's 22nd storm continues to blow away from the Philippines, packing maximum sustained winds of 65 km per hour with gusts of up to 80 km per hour, the state weather bureau said.

Typhoons and tropical storms regularly batter the Philippines from June through December, claiming lives and causing billions of dollars in damages.

Located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Philippines is among the most disaster-prone countries, including active volcanoes, frequent earthquakes, and an average of 20 typhoons a year, causing floods and landslides.

Government data showed the Philippines had lost PLP463 billion (US$9.65 billion) in damages to natural disasters from 2010 to 2019.