The death toll from Tropical Depression Usman rose to 85 as of Wednesday, January 2, with 20 others still missing. At least 80,000 people are displaced, including 25,000 people living in evacuation centers. The storm's heavy rains caused flooding and landslides across the central-east part of the country. The regions of Eastern Visayas and Bicol were the hardest hit, with authorities declaring a "state of calamity" in Albay, Camarines Sur, and Sorsogon provinces of Bicol region. Access to shelter, potable water, sanitation, and medical supplies is limited. Residual power and transportation disruptions are likely to continue in the coming days.
Tropical Depression Usman made landfall in Eastern Samar province (Eastern Visayas region) on Tuesday, December 29, with heavy rains and strong winds affecting the country beginning Monday, December 28. The Philippines typically experiences approximately 15-20 tropical cyclones annually from April through December.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate transportation and power disruptions, and avoid low-lying and flood prone areas.
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