Manila, At least 85 people have been killed so far in landslides and floods which were triggered by heavy rains in Phillipines, while 16 people are still missing, local media reported on Wednesday.
The deaths were mostly due to landslides and drowning in the Bicol region and Eastern Visayas in central Philippines, according to the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in its latest report.
The Manila Times daily newspaper specified that 69 people had been killed in the region of Bicol, while 13 fatalities had been registered in the Eastern Visayas region, and three more deaths had been reported in other regions hit by the downpours and landslides.
The number of injured people currently stands at 12, the newspaper added. The rainfalls and landslides were caused by tropical depression Usman, sputnik reported.
More than 130,000 people from 321 areas in the Philippines have been affected by landslides and widespread flood, according to the disaster agency.
Earlier, the NDRRMC had said a total of 45,300 families and around 4,906 persons were affected by a tropical depression that dumped rains since it entered the Philippine area of responsibility.
The agency also said that 78 areas were flooded in the Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions, while 59 areas experienced power outages in the southeast Asian country.
Philippines is hit annually by nearly 20 hurricanes, causing floods, landslides and other accidents. One of the strongest hurricanes hit the country in November 2013, killing more than 6,300 people and displacing more than 4 million others.