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IN PHOTOS: Typhoon Odette’s devastating aftermath

By PINKY S. ICAMEN Published Dec 18, 2021 1:35 pm

Typhoon Odette (international name Rai), the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines so far in 2021, pummeled the southern and central regions of the country starting Dec. 16. It left hundreds of thousands affected, at least 18 dead and several areas without power and communications in the typhoon’s aftermath.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Odette was a super typhoon when it initially barreled into the tropical paradise of Siargao on Dec. 16. It packed maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers an hour. 

A child plays next to uprooted coconut and banana trees in the coastal town of Dulag, Leyte on Dec. 17, 2021, a day after Typhoon Odette hit.

 

The destructive typhoon made several landfalls on Dec. 16, including in Dinagat Islands, Southern Leyte, areas in Bohol and Cebu, and on Dec. 17 in Negros Oriental and Palawan. 

Residents gather by a collapsed house in Hernani, Eastern Samar after Typhoon Odette pummeled the southern and central regions of the Philippines.

Learning from the devastation of super typhoon Yolanda in 2013, local government units did preemptive evacuations, especially for those living in low-lying areas prone to storm surges and flash floods. 

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Dec. 17, a total of 83,026 families or 332,855 individuals were preemptively evacuated due to typhoon Odette.

Residents stand in a flooded area in the coastal town of Guiuan, Eastern Samar on Dec. 16 after Typhoon Odette passed the province. Photo by Alren Beronio/AFP

Residents salvage belongings from their destroyed homes in the coastal town of Dulag, Leyte province on Dec. 17. Photo by Bobbie Alota/AFP

An uprooted tree, downed by inclement weather along a road in Naga, Cebu on Dec. 17. Photo by Alan Tangcawan/AFP

Destroyed houses in General Luna, Siargao on Dec. 17. AFP photo/Philippine Army

A resident walks through debris in the compound of a wrecked house in Cebu City on Dec. 17. Photo by Victor Kintanar/AFP

Residents salvage belongings from their destroyed homes in the coastal town of Dulag, Leyte province on Dec. 17. Photo by Bobbie Alota/AFP

Residents clean up debris from their destroyed houses in Talisay, Cebu. Photo by Alan Tangcawan/AFP

Residents walk past downed electric pylons in Talisay, Cebu. Photo by Alan Tangcawan/AFP

Residents walk past their destroyed homes in Hernani, Eastern Samar on Dec. 17. Photo by Alren Beronio/AFP

An aerial photo by the Philippine Coast Guard shows damage caused by Typhoon Odette after the storm crossed over Surigao City in Surigao del Norte. AFP photo/Philippine Coast Guard

Residents stand in a flooded area in the coastal town of Guiuan, Eastern Samar on Dec. 16 after Typhoon Odette passed the province. Photo by Alren Beronio/AFP

Residents salvage belongings from their destroyed homes in the coastal town of Dulag, Leyte province on Dec. 17. Photo by Bobbie Alota/AFP

An uprooted tree, downed by inclement weather along a road in Naga, Cebu on Dec. 17. Photo by Alan Tangcawan/AFP

Destroyed houses in General Luna, Siargao on Dec. 17. AFP photo/Philippine Army

A resident walks through debris in the compound of a wrecked house in Cebu City on Dec. 17. Photo by Victor Kintanar/AFP

Residents salvage belongings from their destroyed homes in the coastal town of Dulag, Leyte province on Dec. 17. Photo by Bobbie Alota/AFP

Residents clean up debris from their destroyed houses in Talisay, Cebu. Photo by Alan Tangcawan/AFP

Residents walk past downed electric pylons in Talisay, Cebu. Photo by Alan Tangcawan/AFP

Residents walk past their destroyed homes in Hernani, Eastern Samar on Dec. 17. Photo by Alren Beronio/AFP

An aerial photo by the Philippine Coast Guard shows damage caused by Typhoon Odette after the storm crossed over Surigao City in Surigao del Norte. AFP photo/Philippine Coast Guard

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The onslaught of the typhoon has so far affected at least 11,859 families or 41,434 individuals as Odette pummeled areas of Visayas and Mindanao.

Surigao Airport damaged by Typhoon Odette.

The storm swept across the central and southern Philippines and left trees uprooted, airports destroyed, power lines toppled, villages and rice fields flooded, and houses badly damaged.

As of this writing, communications are still down in areas that took the brunt of the typhoon, including Siargao, parts of Leyte, Bohol and Cebu.

Residents sleep inside a sports complex turned into an evacuation center in Dapa, Siargao. 

At least 18 people have reportedly died from the typhoon and thousands more homeless and settled in almost 200 evacuation facilities.

As of 11 a.m. of Dec. 18, Odette is forecast to pass the vicinity of Kalayaan Islands, and may exit the Philippine area of responsibility in the morning or afternoon of the same day. The government is still continuing its assessment on the overall damage brought by Typhoon Odette.