Typhoon Ursula Leaves Trail of Devastation in Mindoro

At least 16 people were killed in the Philippines as Typhoon Ursula swept over the region on December 24 and 25, local media reported.

The Philippine meteorological agency said the storm had sustained maximum winds of up to 120 km/h near the center and included gusts of up to 150 km/h.

“Residents in these areas are advised to take appropriate measures to reduce the potential impact of flooding and rain-induced landslides, especially in areas identified to be highly to very highly susceptible to these hazards,” the agency added.

Approximately 10,000 families fled the area due to the storm, which cut off power, left roads impassable, and destroyed buildings, according to ABS-CBN.

The storm made landfall in Eastern Samar on December 24 and had fully passed over the Philippines by December 26.

In this video, the devastation caused by the typhoon is surveyed, with homes destroyed, power lines down, and trees uprooted.

Emil Andersson, a Swedish songwriter who recorded the footage in San Jose, a municipality in the province of Occidental Mindoro, said: “The electricity is down on the whole island, some places have their own generators and the water is out, hopefully, it’s not going to evolve into a sanitary situation. We are prepared with water and food to last at least a couple of days.” Credit: Emil Andersson via Storyful