Six people have been reported dead and thousands of others displaced in the Philippines following heavy rains resulting from three tropical cyclones effected by the monsoon season.
Two children, aged three and six, were among the casualties Sunday after a landslide buried their house in the town of Barbaza, which is located about 400 kilometers south of Manila, police said. The authorities also confirmed the deaths of two other minors, whose dwelling was buried by mountain soil, in the town of Agoo in the northern province of La Union.
The three cyclones – storm Son-Tinh, storm Ampil and tropical depression Josie – have been heaping rain on the Philippines since July 15.
The total number of people affected by all three cyclones has reached 728,003 individuals residing in 585 villages in seven regions according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
“Residents of the affected areas, especially those living near river channels, in low-lying areas and in mountainous areas are advised to take appropriate actions against possible flooding and landslide, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices,” the NDRRMC advised.
Over the past week, major showers have caused numerous landslides, flooding and other incidents which resulted in more than 12,000 people evacuating their homes, according to the country's disaster risk management council.
The weather has also disrupted flights and inundated roadways and highways with several inches of water. The main Roman Highway in Balanga City area was deemed impassable, according to local disaster officials.
State-run Philippine News Agency reported – citing Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) spokesperson, Avenix Arenas – several areas in Pangasinan province have declared state of emergencies.