Landslides, floods leave 22 dead in Philippines, SE Asia News & Top Stories

Scores of people have been killed after a powerful storm swept through the Philippines over the weekend

At least 16 power stations in Bicol, Western Visayas and Eastern Visayas experienced temporary shutdowns due to stormy weather, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said in a situation report.

Tropical storms regularly batter the Philippines.

A tropical depression weakened into a low pressure area after making landfall over the province of Eastern Smar on Saturday, and brought in heavy rains in the days before.

Manila - Twenty-six people have been killed in landslides and floods caused by a tropical depression that brought heavy rains over the eastern Philippines, police and emergency officials said Sunday.

There were five rubber boats and six trucks deployed to the said areas.

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

Jalad said the NDRRM Operations Center and Regional DRRM Operations Center of the affected regions are still on alert status and are continually monitoring the ongoing response efforts in the affected areas. "In some areas the floods have reached the roofs of homes", Claudio Yucot, head of the Bicol region's office of civil defence, told AFP.

Local media have reported dozens missing or trapped by the landslides and officials have warned that the death toll could rise as flood waters slowly recede.

Meanwhile, thousands of passengers were stranded at seaports, airports and bus terminals as dozens of inter-island trips were cancelled.

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

The worst storm to hit the Philippines in a generation occurred in 2013, when Super Typhoon Yolanda killed more than 6,000 people and displaced almost 4 million others.

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