Philippines deadly storm and landslides kill more than 60

Nearly 25,000 people were displaced by the landslides and floods in 13 provinces

At least 17 people were still missing and more than 40,000 left homeless by the storm, civil defence officials said.

NDRRMC Spokesperson Edgar Posadas said majority of the casualties were from the Bicol region which was hit badly by landslides.

"The deaths were mostly due to landslides", Posadas added.

Each year the Philippines is hit by an average of 20 cyclones
Each year the Philippines is hit by an average of 20 cyclones

At least 22 people have died due to landslides and flooding triggered by a tropical cyclone that brought heavy rains to central Philippines.

More than 60 people died in the typhoon, many buried in landslides in Benguet province north of Manila.

In Bicol, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) said 15 of the 50 reported deaths were in Albay province, 16 in Camarines Sur, seven in Masbate, six in Sorsogon and six in Camarines Norte.

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"Most of the affected areas are underwater".

In Quezon City, more than 2,000 passengers were stranded at the bus terminal in Araneta Center, many bound for the Visayas, where Usman had caused heavy rains.

Ahead of the storm, tens of thousands of people in six provinces fled their homes, after official warnings.

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Some residents in mountainside villages did not evacuate after the tropical depression weakened into a low pressure area after making landfall, said Ricardo Jalad, executive director of the disaster risk reduction office.

But he said it had been raining in Bicol even before Usman made landfall and brought torrential rains and landslides.

The bad weather will likely also affect Manila and other parts of the country, which could dampen usually rowdy New Year's Eve celebrations.

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Tropical Storm Usman, which entered the Philippines on Christmas Day, emerged as the deadliest weather disaster for the country this year following Typhoon Mangkhut in September.

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