Four people were killed in Surigao del Sur early Tuesday as Tropical Storm “Basyang” unleashed heavy rain and triggered deadly landslides, police said.
Basyang (international name Sanba) slammed the east coast of Mindanao Tuesday with gusts of 75 kilometers an hour.
The heavy rain triggered landslides that hit mountain villages outside the mining town of Carrascal killing four people, municipal police chief James Alendogao told AFP.
“These areas are currently inaccessible and we do not know the extent of the damage,” he added.
The state weather bureau said the storm was expected to move swiftly northwest over the next 24 hours, bringing moderate to heavy rain across the central Philippines.
The archipelago nation is struck by 20 storms or typhoons each year on average, some of them deadly. Basyang is already the second major system to hit this year, and the first to cause casualties.
Tropical Storm Vinta (international name Tembin) killed 240 people in Mindanao in December last year.