'Urduja' lashes Samar, Leyte and Cebu, more residents evacuated

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Tropical storm “Urduja” with an international name Kao-tak brought heavy rains that triggered flood and forced around ten thousand residents to evacuate their homes in affected areas such as Eastern Samar, Leyte, northern Cebu and other northern Samar provinces.

“Urduja” made its landfall at 1 p.m. at the vicinity of San Policarpio, Eastern Samar on Saturday says Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

More areas were also placed under tropical cyclone warning signals No. 1 and No. 2.

The typhoon also has maximum sustained winds of 75 kph near the center, and gustiness of up to 120 kph.

Meanwhile, PAGASA warned residents in Bicol and Visayas region to be more alert for any life-threatening floods and landslides in their areas.

According to the Regional Disaster and Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) in Region 8, 94, 904 residents were displaced due to flooding and landslides.

There are more than 39, 000 others that moved to evacuation centers due to rising floods in three days of continuous heavy rains in Samar areas and in northern Cebu.

Several villages in Calbiga, Basey, Marabut, San Jose de Buan, Jiabong, Pinabacdao, San Jorge, Sta. Rita, and Talalora in Samar; Tacloban City; and Carigara, Ormoc City, Palo, Tanauan, Sta. Fe, Alangalang, and Matalom Leyte were also affected by severe flooding.

While in Eastern Samar, widespread flooding was reported in areas like Taft, Maslog, Jipapad, Arteche, Gen. MacArthur, Giporlos, Hernani, San Julian, Llorente, Sulat, Maydolong, Taft, and Oras towns.

Philippine Coast Guard also cancelled sea trip and left 2,093 stranded passengers in seaports of affected areas.

Aside from tropical storm “Urduja”, PAGASA is also monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) east of the country, spotted at 2,180 km east of General Santos City and it is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility on December 19.

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