A Filipino banana vendor crosses a flooded street in Manila, Philippines Sunday September 22, 2013.
Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:10PM GMT
Deadly landslides triggered by torrential monsoon rains have killed 20 people in northwestern Philippines, raising the death toll from storms across Asia to 47.
Soldiers and villagers were also looking for at least seven people missing in mountainside villages struck by the landslides in the province of Zambales, Philippine officials said on Monday.
According to Subic Mayor Jeffrey Khonghun, 15 people died in two landslide-hit villages in his town. Five people were also killed in landslides in two other towns in Zambales.
“This is the first after a long time that we were hit by this kind of deluge,” Khonghun said.
Meanwhile, Chinese officials said that Typhoon Usagi, which hit the country after passing by the Philippines, killed 25 people in China’s southern province of Guangdong.
Two other people also died after their boat capsized in northeastern Aurora province in the Philippines late on Sunday.
Typhoon Usagi increased the torrential monsoon rains that drenched the main northern Philippine region of Luzon over the weekend. A new tropical storm off southern Japan continued to enhance the downpours in Luzon after the strong typhoon blew away.
Authorities were forced to cancel classes and office work after many low-lying areas of the Philippine capital, Manila, and remote regions were swamped on Monday.