PNP: ‘Odette’ death toll rises to 208 - SunStar

PNP: ‘Odette’ death toll rises to 208

By Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo

OVER 200 people were killed during the onslaught of Typhoon Odette (Rai) in the Visayas and Mindanao, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Monday, December 20, 2021.

In a consolidated report issued by the PNP headquarters, it said that as of 6 a.m. of December 20, a total of 208 people were reported killed while 52 others were still missing.

Of the fatalities, 24 were from Western Visayas, 129 in Central Visayas, six in Eastern Visayas, one in Zamboanga, seven in Northern Mindanao and 41 in Caraga.

The PNP said 43 people went missing in Central Visayas following the typhoon, one in Eastern Visayas and eight in Caraga.

The report stated that the common cause of victims’ death was injuries brought about by a fallen tree or other heavy objects.

The PNP said that currently, 30,669 families or 103,111 individuals are staying in 4,389 evacuation centers.

It said 71 areas remain flooded, 3,178 still have no electricity while 1,898 have no communication signal.

The PNP said clearing operations continue but all roads in the affected areas are now passable.

Nearly a hundred infrastructure were destroyed by the typhoon.

In a separate report, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said over 1.8 million people were affected by Odette.

NDRRMC spokesperson Mark Timbal said the most affected regions were Northeastern Mindanao, Western and Central Visayas and Palawan.

He said based on initial assessment, Typhoon Odette left 20,102 houses totally wrecked, while 34,681 were damaged.

He said the government has already spent P14.5 million to provide assistance to the affected population.

Over the weekend, President Rodrigo Duterte visited the typhoon-hit areas, particularly the province of Siargao, Dinagat Islands, Maasin City in Southern Leyte, Cebu and Bohol, and assured the provision of assistance to the affected families.

“Nakipagpulong kami sa mga opisyal doon upang masigurong matutugunan ang mga pangangailangan ng mga biktima, lalo na pagdating sa pagkain, tubig, gamot, kuryente, at telecommunication services,” Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, who was with Duterte during the visit, said on Sunday evening, December 19, 2021.

Go said Duterte also immediately ordered concerned government agencies to prepare additional funds for crisis response, including housing and livelihood assistance.

He said Duterte wants a swift restoration of normalcy in the affected areas.

Duterte also enjoined all government forces, including the PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Coast Guard and other frontliners, for the conduct of rescue and recovery operations, especially in ensuring the distribution of relief goods to the affected people.

Presidential ship BRP Ang Pangulo was repurposed by the Philippine Navy into a 10-bed floating hospital for the provision of medical attention to those in need. It is currently docked in Siargao Island.

Duterte will visit Negros Occidental Monday, December 20. (SunStar Philippines)

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