Damages in Eastern Visayas rise hours before Urduja’s landfall

EASTERN VISAYAS – Five provinces in the Eastern Visayas region, along with other nearby provinces, are now under signal no. 2 as tropical storm Urduja is near to make a landfall, though still in its slow pace.

Urduja is expected to make landfall in the Northern Samar-Eastern Samar area within this afternoon or evening according to PAGASA. Expected winds of 61 kph up to 120 kph may affect Eastern Visayas and Southern Luzon areas.

Places under signal no. 2:
1. Eastern Samar
2. Northern Samar
3. Samar
4. Biliran
5. Leyte
6. Albay
7. Masbate (including Burias and Ticao islands)
8. Sorsogon

Places under signal no. 1:
1. Southern Leyte
2. Northern Bohol
3. Cebu
4. Aklan
5. Antique
6. Capiz
7. Iloilo
8. Guimaras
9. Negros Occidental
10. Northern Negros Oriental
11. Dinagat islands
12. Marinduque
13. Romblon
14. Southern Quezon
15. Catanduanes
16. Camarines Norte
17. Camarines Sur

Since yesterday, damages have been reported in several areas of Eastern Samar, Samar and Leyte. Tacloban City Vice Mayor Sambo Yaokasin, in a radio interview, announced yesterday that Tacloban City is under state of calamity. Flashflood and landslide warnings have been raised especially in Eastern Samar since yesterday.

Power has been shut down in areas covered by ESAMELCO and LEYECO. Power transformer of LEYECO III in Carigara, Leyte exploded yesterday causing twenty five percent of its AOR to lose power. Power restoration efforts in all of the affected areas will be made after the storm, possibly on or after Sunday according to ESAMELCO.

Relocated families in Yolanda permanent shelters in the northern villages of Tacloban City have been experiencing waist-deep flood since yesterday. As of December 15, 728 families in the city have already evacuated, around 80 villages are flooded and 8 villages have been affected by landslides.

Since yesterday, evacuation ensued in the villages of San Joaquin and Tacuranga in Palo, Leyte and in Eastern Samar coastal communities. A hundred families in Quinapondan, Eastern Samar were already in community evacuation centers yesterday.

Biliran roads particularly in the town of Almeria, routes via Taft, Jipapad, Dolores, and Gen. McArthur roads are already impassable.

Office of Civil Defense is yet to verify three casualties due to typhoon Urduja. Meanwhile, several families in Hinabangan, Pinabacdao and Palo, and in many other towns are now experiencing food shortage.

NDRRMC warned the public for possible surge of until four to fourteen meters.

After typhoon Urduja, another tropical storm is set to affect and land in the Visayas island before the end of the year.

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Eastern Vista is an alternative media organization in Eastern Visayas. Stories of people in the struggle for justice and aid after super typhoon Yolanda inspired its creation in 2014. Eastern Vista is also a co-producer of Lingganay han Kamatuoran, a Waray-based radio magazine program airing since 2003. From Eastern Philippines, Eastern Vista shares the news and views from a people rising.

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