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Tropical storm ‘Usman’ kills 86 in Philippines

Over 308,000 people affected after storm hits Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Eastern Visayas regions

02.01.2019
Tropical storm ‘Usman’ kills 86 in Philippines File Photo

By Ahmet Salih Alacaci

ANKARA

A tropical storm in Philippines killed at least 86 people and injured 43 people, the country’s disaster management agency said on Wednesday.

In a latest report, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said that over 308,000 people were affected by the storm, locally known as Usman, in the regions of Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol and Eastern Visayas.

The council reported more than 22,000 people were evacuated in Eastern Visayas, with states of calamity declared in various parts of Mimaropa and Bicol.

Rainfall alerts were issued across the central islands of the country, particularly in the east, where the storm caused widespread flooding and landslides.

Transportation was affected by the storm and dozens of flights to and from the region were cancelled. Massive power outages were reported from the storm-hit areas.

The council reported an estimated $7 million in agricultural damages caused by the storm.

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