PHOTOS: ‘Urduja’ hits Boracay, roads closed and rampaging floods fill the island


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Tropical Storm Urduja had caused devastation in Visayas region few days before Christmas. This prompted Tacloban and Ormoc cities to declare state of calamity due to flooding. The popular tourist island of Boracay was also not spared with the rampaging floods and heavy rainstorms.

On Facebook, a netizen named Christine San Diego posted several photos of a heavily-flooded Boracay Island. The once beautiful beach paradise is barely recognizable with flood waters.

San Diego lamented the devastating situation, “I'm pretty sure you all know where this is. The no.1 island in the world is a disaster zone. This could have been prevented but it's obvious no one really cares.”

Boracay Island seems unrecognizable after Urduja hit Visayas over the weekend
Boracay Island seems unrecognizable after Urduja hit Visayas over the weekend. Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Christine San Diego

She added that this may not be the first typhoon they’ve experienced but sure is one of the strongest, “We have experienced stronger typhoons and survived many but this we have never seen before.”

Boracay Island seems unrecognizable after Urduja hit Visayas over the weekend
Boracay Island seems unrecognizable after Urduja hit Visayas over the weekend. Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Christine San Diego

San Diego also shared several updates about the situation in the island. Unfortunately, almost 90% of roads in Boracay are flooded. Approximately, 1,200 passengers are stranded in Cagban Port while 872 are stranded in Caticlan Port. There was even a report of a landslide in Brgy. Dumlog.

The beautiful island in flood waters
The beautiful island in flood waters. Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Christine San Diego

The beautiful island in flood waters
The beautiful island in flood waters. Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Christine San Diego

President Duterte already expressed his dismay over the devastation in Eastern Visayas. He confirmed that he will be visiting the affected areas so they can assess the situation and give the right support. The President said, “I have to fly to the places where the typhoon passed through. There’s so much destruction there.”

90% of the roads are affected
Approximately 90% of the roads are affected. Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Christine San Diego

— Sally, The Summit Express


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