'Urduja' kills 26, leaves thousands displaced: NDRRMC


Posted at Dec 18 2017 12:24 PM | Updated as of Dec 18 2017 03:29 PM

MANILA - (UPDATED) Twenty-six people were killed and 46 others were missing during the onslaught of tropical depression "Urduja," disaster officials said Monday.

The casualties, reported in Biliran, Leyte, Eastern Samar and Samar, were mostly due to the landslides, said National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council spokesperson Romina Marasigan.

The deaths may also have been caused by drowning due to flooding and sea voyage, she said.

The missing persons were also reported in these areas and Romblon, she added.

Thirty-four people were also injured due to vehicular accidents and falling debris in Leyte and Samar, 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, she said.

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.