Thu. May 26th, 2022

At least 12 people were left dead and a total of 84,674 families or 338,664 individuals were affected by Typhoon Odette that slashed through seven regions in the country on Friday.

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The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Odette will exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Saturday morning or afternoon.

The typhoon, with its 195-kph winds, made landfalls and unleashed its wrath on Mimaropa (Mindoro Oriental, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan); Eastern, Central and Western Visayas; Northern Mindanao; and Caraga.

Meanwhile, Malacañang on Friday assured the government is providing continuous assistance in areas affected by Typhoon Odette.

Acting presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles said the Department of Social Welfare and Development has provided family food packs to disaster-affected families and continues to coordinate with affected local government units for augmentation support and ensure that the immediate needs are quickly addressed.

“Government is assisting round the clock those affected by Typhoon ‘Odette’,” he said in a statement. 

Power restoration is likewise ongoing in 62 cities and municipalities.

Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation said operations at Mactan Cebu International Airport have been suspended until further notice.

“We reiterate our call to the public to continue to remain vigilant, stay safe and dry, and cooperate with local authorities to ensure everybody’s safety,” Nograles said.

Tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 3 remained hoisted over Northern Palawan even as Typhoon Odette slightly weakened on Friday night.

PAGASA said “Odette” still packs maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 205 kph as of 8 p.m.

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