Tropical Storm Kai-tak Affects the Central Philippines

On Saturday, the weather bureau said that moderate to heavy rains caused landslides and flooding in the central Philippines as tropical storm Kai-Tak made landfall last Saturday afternoon and it may affect more areas while it is moving westward.

Kai-Tak, which is locally known as Urduja, was barreling through the eastern region of the Visayas, affecting islands and some coastal towns including Tacloban City where the Supertyphoon Haiyan claimed around 8,000 lives in 2013.

According to the Philippine Coast Guard, large waves and heavy rains have stranded at least 11,000 people in numerous ports in the region. Local media reported that over 10,000 people have already fled to various evacuation centres.

Disaster officials were confirming reports that three people, which include a two-year-old boy, had died because of the storm.

The weather bureau said that various provinces were placed under storm warning signals, where heavy rains may continue.

Kai-Tak has maximum sustained winds of 80 kilometres (50 miles) per hour, with gustiness with a maximum of 110 kph, following making its landfall in the vicinity of San Policarpio in Eastern Samar.