MANILA, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- The number of people who were killed due to flooding and landslides in some parts of the Philippines rose to 68, while 26 others were reported missing, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Saturday.
About 378,000 families or 1.9 million individuals in 2,115 villages or 181 municipalities and 17 cities of 25 provinces in different regions have been affected by the flooding and landslide incidents.
The NDRRMC said that floods and landslides have already damaged agriculture, infrastructure and private property amounting to 1. 785 billion pesos (40 million U.S. dollars).
The northeast monsoon that prevailed over northern and central Luzon and the tail-end of a cold front affecting southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, which started on Dec. 29, triggered the occurrence of moderate to heavy rains and subsequent flooding and series of landslides in some parts of the country.