'Urduja' heads for Cuyo Islands, Palawan

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 17) — Tropical Depression Urduja is headed for the Cuyo Islands in Palawan Sunday evening.

In its 11 p.m. update, state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said scattered to widespread rains will continue over the Mindoro provinces including the Calamian group of islands.

Urduja started spawning rains in the Visayas on Friday, forcing 87,700 people to evacuate, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said in a press briefing Sunday.

Urduja also left at least three people dead and 19 injured. Most of the injured that were hurt from falling debris from houses, landslides, and one road crash, were all recorded in Eastern Visayas.

READ: NDRRMC: At least three dead, including two-year-old boy due to #UrdujaPH

Meanwhile, local disaster authorities in Biliran claim at least 26 were killed due to landslides brought on by Urduja.

READ: 26 dead in Biliran landslides due to Urduja — authorities

It was a tropical storm on Saturday, and downgraded to a tropical depression Sunday morning.

Urduja (international name Kai-tak) was spotted 65 kilometers south of Romblon, Romblon, as of 4 p.m. Sunday.

It packed winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts of 65 kph, while moving west southwest at 17 kph.

According to the weather bureau, Urduja is forecast to be out of Philippine territory by Thursday morning.

Storm signal number 1 is up in Palawan, Aklan, and Northern Antique. Sea travel is not advised over the seaboards of areas with storm signal, PAGASA said.

Meanwhile, another tropical depression was seen outside Philippine territory, at 1,875 km east of Mindanao as of 8 p.m., Sunday.  It packed winds of 40 kph and gusts of 50 kph, and will be named "Vinta" once it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Friday, December 22. 

More than 40 flights were also canceled Sunday due to the tropical depression. 

READ: Flight cancellations on December 17 due to Urduja