Rains leave 20 dead in northwestern Philippines

Manila, Sep 23 (EFE).- At least 20 people have been killed and several others are missing in Zambales, a province in the northwestern Philippines, due to the torrential rains that followed Typhoon Usagi, which has now hit China, media reports said Monday.

Ten people were killed and two others were reported missing after mudslides hit the village of Cawag on Monday, Subic Mayor Jun Khonghun to Philippine radio.

Flooding and mudslides have made it impossible to travel on roads, leaving Subic cut off from the outside world, Khonghun said.

"We are asking the national government to help us," the mayor said.

Five people were killed and one was listed as missing in the town of San Isidro, the Inquirer newspaper reported.

A mudslide killed four people in San Marcelino and another person died in a landslide in Castillejos, officials said.

Deforestation, illegal mines, poor infrastructure and the construction of shanty towns magnify the effects of the torrential rains and typhoons that hit the Philippines during monsoon season.