Typhoon Odette Aftermath

Davao City–Supertyphoon Odette (internationally known as “Rai”) made landfall on December 16, 2021, leaving 269 cities and municipalities with power and telecommunication service interruptions, water supply outrages, damaged houses, infrastructures, agriculture, livelihoods, and fatalities.

The reported deaths reached 389, with 1146 injured and 64 missings. However, only 52 deaths, 73 injured, and 15 missing persons have been validated. 

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), the number of families affected by the onslaught of typhoon Odette has so far reached a total of 1 074 169.

The agency reported that this is equivalent to a total of 4, 204, 601 individuals from the regions of Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindana, Davao, Soccsksargen, Caraga, and the Bangsamoro Autonimous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

“I can’t express my feelings. It’s painful to see our houses destroyed. What will happen to us now? We don’t have a home anymore.

Typhoon Odette has maximum sustained winds of 100 km/h near the center, gustiness of up to 125 km/h, and a central pressure of 985 hPa, moving West Northwestward at 15 km/h. 

It is the 15th storm to hit the country this year. The typhoon exited the Philippine area of responsibility on December 18, 2021, having made nine landfalls on its path.

President Rodrigo Duterte stated in his regular public address last Monday night December 27, 2021, to pool enough funds to provide cash aid for the affected families.

“There are many of the poor who were affected. We will prioritize them. We have money, anyway”, Pres. Duterte said in Filipino. “I will give the usual. I’m giving PHP 5,000 per family. 

Acting Secretary Tina Rose Canda, Department of Budget and Management (DBM), added that the government set to release PHP 6 billion for the victims of Typhoon Odette before the year ends.