MANILA -- The number of people who died in the onslaught of Christmas storm Ursula has reached 47, disaster officials said Sunday.
Nine remain missing, while at least 140 were injured, as Ursula lashed the Visayas with fierce winds and heavy rains over the holidays, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
The number of fatalities was highest in Western Visayas, where 26 died, followed by Eastern Visayas with 13, Mimaropa with 7, and 1 in Central Visayas.
Most of the victims drowned, while others were hit by felled trees or electrocuted, NDRRMC spokesperson Mark Timbal earlier said.
Almost half a million families were affected by the typhoon. Of this number, 26,705 families remain in 635 evacuation centers nationwide.
The storm, which left Philippine territory on Saturday morning, damaged some P1 billion worth of crops and infrastructure in Mimaropa, Bicol, and the Visayas, the NDRRMC said.
Ursula also damaged 372 schools in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas and Eastern Visayas, according to the Department of Education.
Several areas in Leyte, Aklan, Eastern Samar and Oriental Mindoro were placed under a state of calamity for local governments to access emergency funds to aid thousands who scrambled to evacuation centers over the holidays.