March 21, 2023

Philippines: Heavy rain and landslides after Hurricane Nalge, 80 killed, 31 missing

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80 killed, 31 missing from Hurricane Nalge in Philippines
Half of the deaths were recorded in the southern autonomous region of Bangsamoro
People of Kuseong village were also among those who lost their lives.

Manila. The death toll from floods and rain-induced landslides in the Philippines after Tropical Storm Nalge has risen from 47 to 80. According to the country’s disaster agency, 31 people are reported missing. About 48 people have been injured. The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has expressed grief over the disaster.

According to a Reuters report, more than half the deaths were recorded in the southern autonomous region of Bangsamoro, where 10 people are reported missing and about 48 people have been injured. Tropical Hurricane Nalge occurred on October 30, 2022, which residents of Kusiong village in the Philippines mistook for a tsunami, due to which they ran towards the mountain and were buried alive there.

The damage to infrastructure was estimated at 384 million pesos ($6.62 million) due to heavy rain and strong winds. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., scheduled to conduct an aerial survey of submerged villages in Cavite province near the capital Manila on Monday, expressed grief over the number of deaths, particularly in Maguindanao province of the Bangsamoro region.

Also read: Philippines: People mistook the storm as a tsunami, misunderstanding took many lives

Hurricane Nalge is the second deadliest cyclone of the year to hit the Philippines. The Philippines receives an average of 20 tropical storms annually. The Meteorological Bureau has said that the storm will move beyond the Philippines from Monday.

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