Duterte to visit Biliran in wake of ‘Urduja’

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 18 2017 02:22 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday is expected to visit Biliran, one of the most affected areas by tropical depression “Urduja”.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. confirmed in a radio interview that Duterte will be in Biliran at around 2 p.m.

In another radio interview, Roque said Duterte will check on the condition of the province.

“Titingnan po ni Pangulo kung ano talaga ang pinakamatinding pangangailangan ng Biliran at para iparating na ang gobyerno ay karamay nila sa kanilang karanasan ngayon,” Roque said.

Disaster management officials said at least 26 people were killed and 46 others were missing during the onslaught of the tropical depression. Most of the deaths were reported in Biliran.

Thirty-four people were also injured due to vehicular accidents and falling debris in Leyte and Samar, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council spokesperson Romina Marasigan told reporters.

Some 44,369 families from the Bicol region, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, MIMAROPA, and Caraga region have also been evacuated to 608 centers, said Marasigan.

The government has also monitored landslides, flooding, capsized boats, and power outages in several areas affected by "Urduja" over the weekend, she said.

The NDRRMC remains on red alert as it prepares to give relief to affected residents and monitors another incoming weather system, she added.

At 10 a.m., Urduja was only packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour, down from 55 kph; and 60 kph gusts, down from 75 kph, said PAGASA meteorologist Obet Badrina.