NDRRMC: 31 dead, 43 missing due to TD Urduja

At least 31 people were reportedly killed and 43 more missing as Tropical Depression Urduja downgraded to a low-pressure area while moving towards the West Philippine Sea.

According to National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Spokesperson Romina Marasigan, 18 of the casualties were from Biliran, 2 from Samar, 1 in Eastern Samar, and 5 more from Leyte.

Marasigan added that the victims were killed after strong and persistent rains triggered various landslides causing their deaths.

The NDRRMC has also warned individuals in the affected areas of the possibility of more floods and landslides in the coming days.

Urduja, despite weakening on Sunday afternoon, still forced over 80,000 residents in the Visayas region to evacuate their homes and seek shelter on higher ground.

According to a local official of Tacloban, continuous rains in the city has ignited the residents fears of the devastation brought by typhoon¬†“Yolanda” that left the city in ruins four years ago.

Meanwhile, Biliran was placed under a state of calamity after roads were severely damaged, bridges destroyed, and 39 towns were left without electricity as the storm swept through the area.

President Rodrigo Duterte together with several other Cabinet officials are expected to visit Tacloban and Biliran within the day as the two regions were hit the strongest by the storm.

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