Floods and landslides triggered by slow-moving Tropical Cyclone “Kai-Tak,” locally known as Urduja, killed at least 26 people and left another 23 missing in the Philippines, authorities said Sunday, December 17, 2017. More floods and landslides are possible in the days ahead. Tropical Depression “Urduja” formed December 12 near Palau and stalled with its center just off the coast of Sorsogon –

Northern Samar area before it strengthened into a tropical storm December 14, the 26th named storm of the 2017 Pacific typhoon season. However, as is often the case with such storms in this region, Urduja was already causing floods and landslides even before it reached tropical storm status. The prime factor for the deluge it caused was its slow-moving nature. READ MORE