'Ursula' death toll climbs to 50

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A week after Typhoon Ursula struck parts of Southern Luzon and the Visayas, the death toll is now at 50 people, authorities said.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 31) — The death toll from Typhoon Ursula (international name: Phanfone) has reached 50 as of Tuesday morning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

In its latest situational report, the agency tallied 50 people dead and 143 others injured from the typhoon that struck mostly Southern Luzon and the Visayas during Christmas.

Five people are still reported missing, it added.

Western Visayas tallied the most deaths at 26, including 16 from Capiz province. There were 16 people dead in Eastern Visayas, seven in MIMAROPA, and one in Central Visayas.

Ursula affected a total of 522,460 families across 2,544 barangays, including residents from the Caraga Administrative Region. Of the sum, 21,409 families remain in evacuation centers.

Heavy rains damaged 406,228 houses, a fourth of which are said to be totally damaged.

The typhoon also caused damage to infrastructure and agriculture worth ₱1.085 billion, the NDRRMC said.

A total of 14 provinces, including Eastern Samar and Leyte, cities, and municipalities are under a state of calamity.

Ursula exited Philippine watersSaturday, but the NDRRMC said the tail-end of a cold front may bring scattered rains over the Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, and Aurora on Tuesday.