Philippines: Typhoon Rai / Odette killed more than 200 and displaced nearly 500,000


According to media reporting information from the Philippines’ National Natural Disaster Agency, Typhoon Rai claimed at least 208 lives, with one of the hardest-hit islands being Bohol.

Significant destruction was also recorded on the islands of Siargao, Dinagat and Mindanao, the most affected Thursday when the storm hit the country with winds of 195 kilometers per hour.

“On December 16, 2021, Typhoon Rai / Odette brought torrential rains, high winds, landslides and storm surges,” Gustavo Gonzalez, United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator, said in a statement on Monday. in the Philippines, noting that the typhoon made nine landfall in Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Islands, South Leyte, Bohol, Cebu, Negro Oriental and Palawan provinces.

UN humanitarian assessment teams gained access to affected areas

On the ground, the Philippine government and its humanitarian partners are currently carrying out an assessment of the extent of the damage caused by this powerful typhoon. “The restoration of essential lifelines is a priority, electricity has been restored in only 9% of cities”, underlines the UN, also expressing “a message of solidarity and support to the Filipino people”.

Over the weekend, UN humanitarian assessment teams gained access for the first time to areas and communities hardest hit by Typhoon Odette. A coordinated response from UN agencies, NGOs and private sector partners in the country is already underway to address immediate needs for shelter, health, food, protection and other life-saving responses.

“The reports and images of the utter devastation they send back to us are heartbreaking and we send our deepest condolences to those who have lost so much, including loved ones,” said OCHA, who wants to ensure ” full mobilization to respond to critical gaps and the needs of the most vulnerable ”.  

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