Usman death toll climbs to 126, as 26 remain missing


Posted at Jan 06 2019 12:20 AM | Updated as of Jan 06 2019 04:09 PM

A photo shows the intense flooding in Camarines Sur in the aftermath of Tropical Depression Usman last month. Rey Baniquet, Presidential Photo

Damage to agriculture, infrastructure in Bicol costs P2.82 billion

MANILA — (UPDATED) The death toll from landslides and floods due to tropical depression Usman has climbed to 126, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

In its latest report Sunday, the agency said 26 remain missing while 75 were injured in the onslaught of Usman in MIMAROPA, Bicol, and Eastern Visayas.

Some 140,105 families or 624,236 individuals were affected by the Christmas storm, placing 13,165 families at evacuation centers.

In Bicol, agricultural damage was estimated at P758.6 million, while damage to infrastructure is around P2.07 billion.

The NDRRMC said 114 road sections and 3 bridges were hit in CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol region, Western Visayas, and Eastern Visayas affected. Of these, 87 road sections and 1 bridge are already passable.

Floods have subsided in 135 out of 215 areas inundated in CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol, Western Visayas, and Eastern Visayas.

Meanwhile, power has been restored in 85 out of 104 areas in CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol, and Eastern Visayas.

A total of 36 domestic flights were canceled due to bad weather since December 27.

The holiday storm was among the deadliest weather disturbances to hit the Philippines in 2018, with most of its fatalities killed in landslides, officials earlier said.

Super typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) left at least 82 people killed in Northern Luzon in September, with many of the fatalities due to landslides, the NDRRMC said in an October 5 tally. As many as 100 people were killed, according to a separate Agence France-Presse report.

The Philippines is battered by an average of 20 storms per year, with the strongest ones hitting toward the end of the year. In November 2013, super-typhoon Haiyan left 7,360 people dead or missing after it lashed coastal communities with the strongest winds on record.