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Cebu, Siargao, Bohol, and many provinces badly hit by Typhoon Odette

Pictures tell a thousand stories and by the look of the photos circulating on the social media, we can almost feel the eerie and dreadful state of the islands and provinces in Visayas and Mindanao that are badly hit by Typhoon Odette.

In Cebu, a lot of familiar and popular place were damaged by the onslaught of Odette.

The typhoon accelerated late Thursday evening, moving west at 35 kilometers per hour from the previous 30 km/h.

Typhoon Odette wiped out the famous Cloud 9, Boardwalk in Siargao. Photo: Bernation/Facebook.

After the first landing in Siargao, Surigao del Norte on 16 December, Typhoon Odette passed Sulu Sea on the 17th packing maximum sustained winds of 155 km/h near the center, with gusts up to 235 km/h. It brought torrential rains, violent winds, landslides and storm surges, making nine landfalls in seven provinces. 

Initial assessments point to floods, road closures, power outages, and disruptions in communications. Floods have been reported in Lanao del Sur and the city of Malawi.

Bohol was also badly hit and has been placed in a state of emergency. Bohol Governor Arthur Yap announced on Saturday that he had signed Executive Order 65 proclaiming the state of disaster throughout the province “due to the seriousness of the destruction of Odette.”

There is also a moderate to high risk of storm surge of up to 3.0 m in height in the next 24 hours which may cause life-threatening flooding in the low-lying coastal areas of Negros Provinces, Iloilo, Antique, Guimaras, and several localities in the northern portion of Palawan.
Rai is expected to exit the Philippines Area of Responsibility on 18 December.

According to the initial reports of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), over 330,000 people have been pre-emptively evacuated, 674 evacuation centers are open and as of now one 1 death and 2 injured are reported. The onslaught of a typhoon cut essential lifelines, leaving 63 cities and municipalities without electricity, affecting 73 seaports and cancelling over 160 domestic and international flights.

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