PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, December 18, visited Biliran Island in Eastern Visayas, one of the areas hardest hit by Tropical Storm Urduja (international name Kai-tak).
Photos from Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go showed Duterte, on board a presidential chopper, inspecting the situation in Biliran.
In the aftermath of the weather disturbance, local officials recorded at least "six major landslides" in Biliran.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said the death toll from Urduja in Biliran has has risen to 23, as of 1:40 p.m. Monday. Thirty-three individuals were also reported missing.
In a press conference, Agriculture Secretrary Emmanuel Piñol said damage to agriculture was estimated at P30 million.
As of 11 a.m., the state weather bureau said Urduja, which is forecast to move west at 18 kilometers per hour (kph), is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by morning or afternoon of Tuesday, December 19.
Urduja sustained maximum winds of 45 kph and gusts of up to 60 kph.
Public storm warning signal number one was hoisted over Palawan. (Ruth Abbey Gita/SunStar Philippines)