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Typhoon Odette: Tens of Thousands of Families Displaced in Philippines

Typhoon Odette (international name Typhoon Rai) has displaced thousands of families in the Philippines as it lashed out across Visayas and Mindanao on Thursday evening, December 16, 2021.

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Phone signals have been cut off and also electrical power. Trees have been uprooted, electrical posts have been toppled, and houses flattened. Floods have also been reported

Thousands Flee Homes and Seek Shelter in Evacuation Centers

As the weather disturbance has worsened, many families fled their homes and took shelter in nearby evacuation centers. The Local Government Units (LGU) around Visayas and Mindanao now find it hard to provide basic necessities as the roads are now filled with trees that were uprooted by the typhoon.

Signal No. 4 was hoisted over most of Mindanao and the Visayas late Thursday as the typhoon strengthened further ahead of its expected landfall in the Caraga region.

Odette’s maximum sustained winds have increased to 155 km/r from while its strength also increased to 235 km/h, according to a bulletin posted by PAGASA – Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration.

A report from PAG-ASA shares of flood advisories in certain regions. Below is the post:

Photos Show Damage by Typhoon Odette

In Cebu, shopping malls have opened their buildings for evacuees to take refuge in.

Photos show damage on Electrical Posts and Trees in Cebu below:

Photos show damages on skyscrapers and establishments in Cebu:

Ports and boats were also affected and sank. Photo in Cebu Port:

In Cagayan de Oro, thousands of residents were ordered to evacuate their homes after authorities warned of more floods and rising floodwater around 3 p.m., following hours of intermittent and, at times, heavy rain.

In Marabut, Western Samar, 99 families sought refuge inside a cave.

Photos of floods on the street in Kabankalan City Proper, Southern Negros Occidental

36,000 families displaced in Cagayan de Oro City due to the typhoon. Volunteers are offering their help to also avoid the spread of illnesses such as fever, cough, and COVID-19.

User Posts that there will be no electricity and water for them until next year.

15th Super Typhoon in Philippines

This is the 15th major weather event to strike the nation this year, and it grew rapidly in the morning before being designated as a super typhoon.

To assist victims of the typhoon, authorities have set up disaster relief operations. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced that its units are now engaged in disaster response operations in regions severely damaged by Typhoon Odette. This is being done in collaboration with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

We hope everyone is safe and that these families recover soon.

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