Ursula death toll rises to 35; 14 still missing, as typhoon exits


Posted at Dec 29 2019 01:18 AM

Ursula death toll rises to 35; 14 still missing, as typhoon exits 1
Destroyed Christmas decorations are seen after Ursula swept through Tanauan town, Leyte on Dec. 25, 2019, in this photo obtained from social media. Paul Cinco via Reuters

MANILA—The death toll in the aftermath of typhoon Ursula has risen to 35, the country's disaster-management body said Saturday.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), 22 were injured and 14 are still missing in its latest report hours after the typhoon left the Philippine area of responsibility.

The typhoon slammed the Visayas with strong winds and heavy rainfall, uprooting trees and power lines, and washing out hundreds of houses and fishing boats, ruining the holidays for millions of people.

Several areas in Leyte, Aklan, Eastern Samar and Oriental Mindoro were placed under a state of calamity so that local governments could access emergency funds to help displaced residents.

About 90 percent of houses in Bulalacao town, Oriental Mindoro were destroyed by Ursula, municipal Mayor Ernilo Villas earlier said.

About P600 million worth of crops and infrastructure were also damaged, according to the Department of Agriculture