Samar placed under state of calamity due to 'Ursula' onslaught

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 30) – Officials have placed the province of Samar under a state of calamity in the aftermath of Typhoon "Ursula."

The provincial board has approved the resolution of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to put the entire province under state of calamity.

Typhoon "Ursula" (international name: Phanfone) hit 12 towns in the southern part of Samar. These include Marabut, Basey, Sta Rita, Talalora, Pinabacdao, and the island towns of Zummaraga and Daram.

At least 2,841 houses were totally damaged while 28,720 were partially damaged by the typhoon.

₱1-billion infra, agri damage

Ursula left ₱1.08-billion worth of damage to infrastructure in Regions 5, 6, 7, 8 and Mimaropa, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Meanwhile, the amount of damage and losses in the agriculture sector increased from ₱782.97 million to ₱999.40 million, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).

The death toll was retained at 47 as of Monday morning, with 143 injured and 9 missing.

A total of 1,979,155 individuals, equivalent to 482,350 families, were affected by the typhoon.

Samar is the fourth province in Eastern Visayas that declared a state of calamity following Ursula's onslaught.

Leyte, Eastern Samar, and Biliran province were placed under a state of calamity on December 25. This was followed by Tacloban City and the town of Daram on December 28.

Power restoration continues in the province, while the towns of Daram, Sta Rita, and Marabut are hoping to bring back electricity before New Year’s Day.

Ursula is the deadliest storm to have hit the country in 2019, striking close to regions hit by Super Typhoon "Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) in 2013.

CNN Philippines Stringer Wil Mark Amazona contributed to this report.