'Odette' death toll now at 407 as relief continues into 2022

'Odette' death toll now at 407 as relief continues into 2022
Philippine Red Cross volunteers prepare their trucks which will transport relief goods and other necessities of affected residents in Palawan by Typhoon Odette during their deployment for the organization's humanitarian caravan from the PRC headquarters in Mandaluyong City before dawn Monday, Dec. 27, 2021.
The STAR / Miguel de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines — As 2022 begins, the death toll from Super Typhoon Odette (international name Rai) has climbed to 407 more than a week after the super typhoon left the Philippine area of responsibility, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Sunday. 

According to the latest situation report by the NDRRMC, 78 remain missing in the aftermath of 'Odette,' while the number of those listed as injured by the storm has risen to 1,147. 

Over 4.8 million have been listed as being affected by the storm. Of which, 339,881 remain displaced and inside 1,487 evacuation centers, while 135,292 displaced persons are still outside evacuation centers.

Areas most hit by Odette were Mimaropa, Region 5, Region 6, Region 7, Region 8, Region 9, Region 10, Region 11, Region 12, Caraga, and BARMM.

Relief continues into 2022

In a separate update, the Department of Social Welfare and Development said that P293 million in financial assistance to Odette survivors had now been given out by the national government. 

According to the DSWD, the exactly P293,352,307 in assistance was distributed by DSWD, local government units, and non-government organizations, among others.

During New Year’s Day, a Philippine Navy ship arrived in Surigao del Norte bringing goods and other items consisting of 200 Temporary Shelter Partition Tents, more than 2,000 bottles of bottled water, almost a hundred bottles of 6-liter water in containers, and 12 cases of Vitamin-C supplement.

For its part, the Philippine Red Cross conducted clearing operations in the Municipality of Libagon after barangay roads were destroyed by the storm. 

The Cebu-based chapter of the humanitarian organization also distributed hot meals to 537 people in Inayawan, one of the most affected areas by Odette. 

In a statement sent to media Sunday morning, Manila City Mayor and presidential aspirant Isko Moreno volunteers from the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office spent New Year in Cebu province to conduct clearings operations and provide clean water to typhoon-affected residents.


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LATEST UPDATE: January 5, 2022 - 10:42am

PAGASA says severe tropical storm Rai entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility at around 7 p.m. Tuesday. It was assigned the local name Odette.

January 5, 2022 - 10:42am

Telco giant Globe has completed network service repairs in municipalities of Anda, Dauis, Loon and Panglao in Bohol, San Fernando in Cebu, and Baybay, Albuera in Leyte, and Limasawa in Southern Leyte.

Services in Mindanao's Tagana-an, Surigao del Norte have also been restored as of January 4.

Globe says it has equipped local government units affected by Super Typhoon Odette with an M360 platform, used to send SMS updates to their offices and constituencies. "Palawan, Southern Leyte, and Cebu municipalities Naga, Cordova and the city of Mandaue, were among the first to avail of this free service," the telco says in a release.

January 5, 2022 - 10:39am

Network coverage has been restored in 98% of areas with PLDT and Smart coverage in Bacolod.

The telco group says in a release that network services have been restored in 90% of Visayas cities and municipalities affected by Super Typhoon Odette.

Earlier, PLDT-Smart reported the full restoration of services in Antique, Iloilo, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar and Western Samar.

January 4, 2022 - 2:44pm

The Technical Education and Skils Development Authority in the Cordillera is sending 19 trainers to Bohol, one of the provinces that was hit hard by Super Typhoon Odette last December.

The trainers will help in the recovery and rebuilding efforts in the province by giving skills training to Boholanons.

TESDA Cordillera, along with the TESDA  in the Ilocos region, will be giving free training,  particularly on construction-related courses.  The training will help in the rebuilding homes and other structures destroyed by the strongest typhoon that visited the country since Super Typhoon Yolanda.

The trainers are from the Provincial Training Centers of TESDA Kalinga, TESDA Mountain Province, TESDA Abra, TESDA Apayao, and TESDA Ifugao.  There are four trainers for Electrical Installation and Maintenance, nine trainers for Carpentry, and six trainers  for Masonry. — The STAR/Artemio Dumlao

December 28, 2021 - 1:39pm

The Department of the Interior and Local Government and other regional goverment offices in SOCCSKSARGEN has sent relief supplies for typhoon-stricken areas in the Caraga Region.

The supplies were transported in a 24-vehicle convoy that included dump trucks.

The humanitarian mission is a joint initiative of the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Regional Task Force on COVID-19.

The convoy on Tuesday follows an initial shipment of relief supplies to the Caraga Region that the DILG regional office initiated.

The provisions — clothings, food rations and hygiene kits — were received by DILG personnel in the Caraga region. — The STAR/John Unson

December 28, 2021 - 10:03am

Total agriculture damage from Typhoon Odette is at P5.79 billion and counting, Agriculture Secretary William Dar says.

More than 70,000 hectares of agricultural land were affected.

Meanwhile, more than 506,000 houses were damaged by the super typhoon and may reach up to 600,000, Housing Secretary Eduardo del Rosario says.

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