4 dead, 4 missing after Ursula batters Eastern Samar

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Posted at Dec 26 2019 08:33 AM | Updated as of Dec 26 2019 08:49 AM

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MANILA - Four people were killed in Eastern Samar as Typhoon Ursula battered the province with strong winds and storm surges on Christmas Day, an official said Thursday.

Four fishermen, who left on Dec. 18 before the storm entered Philippine territory, remain missing as of Thursday, according to provincial administrator Nelson Cortez.

One fisherman said the group was on their way home and was near the shoreline of Borongan City on Christmas Eve when their boat sank after catching 300 kilos of fish.

Storm surges washed out houses in coastal towns, Cortez said, while power has yet to be restored in towns in the southern part of the province.

The town of Salcedo has declared a state of calamity while provincial disaster officials will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday to give its recommendation to the provincial board, Cortez said.

The country's 21st and possibly last storm this year was last seen over the West Philippine Sea or 155 kilometers northwest of Coron, Palawan at 4 a.m., state meteorologists said.

It is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Saturday morning, if it continues moving west northwest at 15 kph, PAGASA said.