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  • A destroyed house is seen after a tropical depression descended upon Daet, Camarines Norte, the Philippines, December 30, 2018.

    A destroyed house is seen after a tropical depression descended upon Daet, Camarines Norte, the Philippines, December 30, 2018. | Photo: Reuters

Published 31 December 2018
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The tropical depression, named Usman, has caused flash floods and landslides, imposed the displacement of at least 4,900 people in the central Bicol region, southeast of the capital Manila, Philippines.

At least 22 people have died after heavy rains brought about by a storm that hit the Philippines on Saturday (December 29). A strong tropical depression named Usman has forced the Philippine authorities to evacuate over four thousand people from the central part of the country.

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The tropical depression, named Usman, has caused flash floods and landslides, imposed the displacement of at least 4,900 people in the central Bicol region, southeast of the capital Manila, Philippines, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

At least 17 people are missing at this point, and the death toll is expected to grow as time passes. According to an official talking to AFP news agency, people weren't prepared for an event of its magnitude, as no precautions were taken because the storm wasn't classified as a typhoon in the alert system.

"People were overconfident because they were on vacation mode and there was no tropical cyclone warning," civil defense director Claudio Yucot said.

Videos on social media and Reuters, showed flooding on streets in Daet, in Luzon, and a collapsed house close to the edge of a flooded river. The Philippine Coast Guard said that more than 20,000 passengers were also stranded in different ports across the country.

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