At least three people were killed and tens of thousands were driven from their homes by floods as Tropical Storm Kai Tak pounded the eastern Philippines yesterday, cutting off power and triggering landslides, officials said.
Kai-Tak, packing gusts of up to 110 kilometres (62 miles) an hour, hit the country's third-largest island Samar in the afternoon and was forecast to slice across the rest of the central Philippines over the weekend, the state weather service said.
In a press briefing in the capital Manila, Ricardo Jalad, head of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), was quoted by local media as saying that fatalities include a fisherman and 2-year-old who drowned, and another person who was buried in a landslide.
Samar and its neighboring island province of Leyte bore the brunt of the disastrous impact of super typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) in late 2014 that killed close to 8,000 people and rendered homeless about 10 million others.
In particular, Jalad said heavy rains triggered heavy rains in the towns of Tolosa, Palo, Capoocan, San Miguel and Dalig in Leyte and 16 towns in Samar, Biliran, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar.
"My missus stockpiled on groceries before the storm hit, but since we also have to feed these three other families we're now running low on food", he added.
Farmland in the mainly rural region was also under water, while seven people were injured by landslides and flying objects, the regional civil defence office said in a report.
"It was like a flashback again for residents of Tacloban city", Vice-Mayor Sambo Yaokasin told television station ABS-CBN, referring to the Haiyan disaster.
Ferry services along the storm's path were suspended due to rough seas, the civil defence office in the area said.
Many flights to and from the Philippines have been canceled due to the storm.