In the Philippines, floods and landslides have occurred

In the Philippines, floods and landslides have occurred

Since the beginning of the year, at least 121 people have died and more than 200,000 people have been displaced by landslides and floods caused by the first storm to hit the Philippines.

And most of the deaths were reported in Baybay City in Leyte province, 599 kilometers south of Manila, where 81 bodies were recovered after the landslides, reports DPA, quoted by Agerpres.

In addition, 31 people lost their lives due to landslides and flooding near the town of Abuyog, police said.

Nine other deaths were reported in six provinces affected by Tropical Storm Megi, which hit the eastern Philippine Archipelago on April 10, bringing torrential rains, according to the National Disaster Management Agency.

As a result of these meteorological phenomena, more than 240 people were injured and about 204,000 people were forced to flee their homes as floodwaters swept away entire villages and rain-soaked slopes collapsed over their homes. .

On Thursday, rescuers continued to dig through the thick layer of mud and earth in search of missing people in Baybay and Abuyog.

The Megi storm has been downgraded to a depression level, and the weather is set to improve in the affected areas, the meteorological office said.

The storm affected about 137 million pesos ($ 2.6 million) in homes, crops, animals and infrastructure in the area, according to the National Disaster Management Agency.

Geographically, the Philippine archipelago is hit by an average of 20 tropical cyclones each year.

By comparison, the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines was the super typhoon Haiyan, which killed 6,300 people and displaced more than 4 million people in November 2013.

The recent Megi storm, known in the Philippines as Agaton, is the first tropical storm to hit the country this year.