Thu. May 26th, 2022

The death toll from Typhoon Odette, the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year, has reached at least 169, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

(Photo Courtesy: The Manila Times)

Meanwhile. President Rodrigo Duterte said P2 billion will be allocated by the government for those affected by Odette.

A report from PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos showed Central Visayas had the most number of casualties with 129 followed by Western Visayas with 22, Caraga with 10, Northern Mindanao with 7, and Zamboanga Peninsula with one.

Gov. Arthur Yap of the island province of Bohol said 72 people died in his locality with 10 others missing and 13 injured.

He added the fatalities may increase as 33 of 48 mayors were able to report to him the casualties.

In statements posted on Facebook, Yap gave orders to Bohol’s mayors to use their emergency powers to secure food packs for large numbers of people along with drinking water.

Yap said “it is very clear that the damage sustained by Bohol is great and all-encompassing.”

Duterte has promised P2 billion in aid for those affected by Odette. He met officials in Maasin City in Southern Leyte province where he was born. Duterte’s family later relocated to the southern city of Davao, where he served as a longtime mayor before rising to the presidency.

“The moment I was born into this world, I told my mother, `Let’s not stay here because this place is really prone to typhoons,’” Duterte told officials.

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