‘Ursula’ killed 29 in Panay Island

Published January 9, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY —Typhoon “Ursula” killed a total of 29 people in Panay Island while two others remain missing.

The damage caused by Typhoon Ursula in Balasan town, Iloilo province.  (Tara Yap/Manila Bulletin
The damage caused by Typhoon Ursula in Balasan town, Iloilo province. (Tara Yap/Manila Bulletin

Jose Roberto Nuñez, Western Visayas regional director of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), said three more casualties were recorded from the Christmas Day typhoon that hit the island consisting of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Iloilo provinces.

Nuñez, who also chairs the Western Visayas Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC), told Manila Bulletin that verified data came late due to communication problems. “Ursula” toppled electrical posts while affecting both mobile phone signals and Internet connectivity.

Iloilo province has the most number of casualties with 16. It included five members of the De Asis family who were killed when a flash flood swept them in Batad town. Two men from Carles town remain missing after their motorboat capsized in the Visayan Sea.

There were also eight casualties in Aklan province and another five dead in Capiz province.

Nuñez urged other government agencies and local governments to submit its data as RDRRMC must finalize its report within the week.

As of January 9, RDRRMC data indicated that “Ursula” affected 1.46 million people in the Western Visayas region with 229,106 people still displaced.

The province of Iloilo has been placed under a state of calamity after the Iloilo Provincial Board approved the resolution during a session.

 
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