Authorities said on Monday that a summer tropical depression had caused heavy rains and killed at least 25 people in the central and southern Philippines, mainly due to landslides.
The police chief, Lt. Col. Joemen Collado, said that 22 people were killed in landslides in four villages in the city of Baybay, in the central province of Leyte, on Sunday and Monday. There was a report of at least six other people missing in the landslides, and authorities searched for them.
The national disaster agency reported three more storm-related deaths in the southern provinces of Davao de Oro and Davao Oriental.
Collado told the DZBB radio station that there was a landslide in a village. There were at least six missing, but there might be more. Unfortunately, the current swept away the other victims also.
According to authorities, they recorded about 200 floods in different areas of the central and southern provinces over the weekend. It caused the displacement of some 30,000 families. They transferred some of them to emergency shelters.
The coast guard, police, and firefighters rescued some villagers in flooded communities, including some trapped on their roofs. Officials suspended a city in the center of the country schools and work on Monday in Cebu. Mayor Michael Rama declared a calamity to allow the quick release of emergency funds.
There were reports of at least 20 storms and typhoons hitting the Philippines every year, these heavy rains mostly during the rainy season around June. Some storms have struck even during the scorching hot summer months in recent years.
The disaster-prone Southeast Asian nation has got its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” where many of the world’s eruptions and earthquakes occur.