LOOK: Houses in Eastern Samar town flooded due to Urduja

Raisa Serafica

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LOOK: Houses in Eastern Samar town flooded due to Urduja
Councilor Rhoda Baris says at least 1,800 families have been affected by heavy rain due to slow-moving Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak)

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines – Days of nonstop rain due to Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak) submerged houses in at least 5 barangays in Taft, Eastern Samar on Saturday, December 16.

In a phone interview with Rappler, Councilor Rhoda Baris said at least 1,800 families from Barangays Binaloan, Malinao, San Pablo, Mabuhay, and Burac have been affected by heavy rain due to the slow-moving tropical storm.

Houses from these barangays were completely submerged in floodwater.

According to state weather bureau PAGASA, Urduja has already dumped almost two months’ worth of rainfall in the area, particularly in Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

In its neigboring area, the city council has already placed Tacloban City under a state of calamitydeclaration of state of calamity allows the appropriation of calamity funds, among other emergency acts. 

Prior its landfall, PAGASA warned provinces in Urduja’s path to “undertake appropriate measures against flooding and landslides and coordinate with their respective local government and disaster risk reduction and management offices.” (LOOK: Bicol braces for Urduja)

After lingering off the coast of Eastern Visayas since Thursday, Urduja is expected to make landfall on Saturday. (READ: 8 areas under signal no. 2 as Urduja moves closer to land

Here are some photos taken in Taft, Eastern Samar: 

EASTERN SAMAR. Tropical Storm Urduja is expected to make landfall in Eastern Samar on Saturday. Photo by Rhoda Baris

SUBMERGED. At least 5 barangays in Eastern Samar are completely submerged in floodwater. Photo by Rhoda Baris

FLOOD. PAGASA says Urduja has already dumped almost two months' worth of rainfall in the neighboring town of Guiuan, Eastern Samar. Photo by Rhoda Baris

Baris added that they have already prepositioned relief goods to all flood-prone barangays 3 days prior its projected landfall. Rappler.com

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Raisa Serafica

Raisa Serafica is the Unit Head of Civic Engagement of Rappler. As the head of MovePH, Raisa leads the on ground engagements of Rappler aimed at building a strong community of action in the Philippines. Through her current and previous roles at Rappler, she has worked with different government agencies, collaborated with non-governmental organizations, and trained individuals mostly on using digital technologies for social good.