At least two people have been killed in the Philippines as a result of landslides brought on by heavy monsoon rains and about 66-thousand people in several northern provinces have been displaced, relief officials said on Thursday.
Two people died when they were buried in a landslide on Wednesday in the town on Pagbilao, in the Quezon Province, 120 kilometres (75 miles) southeast of Manila, according to the Office of Civil Defence.
Other landslides were reported in remote villages in the neighbouring Camarines Norte Province and Catanduanes Island, but no further casualties.
The northeastern part of Mindoro Island, about 180 kilometres (112 miles) south of Manila, bore the brunt of flooding with at least 66-thousand people evacuated from their homes.
The Civil Defence Office did not immediately provide figures for the evacuees in Quezon and neighbouring provinces.
The Philippine military has provided trucks and aircraft to help in evacuations and to distribute food and medicines.
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo visited an evacuation centre in Capalan, in Oriental Mindoro Province on Wednesday, to assess the situation.
Landslides left about 1,400 dead and missing in the same region last year.