Boracay reels from Urduja's power

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 18) — Tropical depression Urduja carved a swath of destruction as it made its way through the Visayas over the weekend.

Boracay, celebrated for being a top travel destination, was not spared from harm as photos showing flooding in the island – reaching up to thigh-high in some areas.

Residents and tourists have been sharing photos of Urduja's effects on social media, showing devastation in the storm's aftermath.

Urduja crossed Aklan on Sunday.

Netizens also expressed their sentiments on Twitter, with emotions ranging from disbelief over what was happening in the island, to anger over what they believed was negligence in protecting Boracay's environment.

 

 

 

This is not the first time Boracay experienced flooding due to a storm.

In June 2008, Typhoon Frank (international name: Fengshen) lashed Western Visayas, with over 1,000 people dying because of the storm.

The most severely affected areas were Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Leyte, and Eastern Samar.

Over 4 million people were affected by Typhoon Frank

In its latest update, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said at least 80 people from Eastern Visayas were either dead or missing due to Urduja.

READ: At least 80 dead or missing in Eastern Visayas due to 'Urduja'

Most of these are due to landslides and drowning, the NDRRMC said in a news briefing from its headquarters in Quezon City.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the death toll climbed to 31, as five more deaths in Biliran were reported to raise the toll in that island province to 23.

As of posting time, Urduja has further weakened and has moved past Palawan.

But authorities are still reminding the public to stay vigilant as Urduja continues  to bring heavy rains and strong winds to the western part of Visayas.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Makoi Popioco contributed to this report.