Strong Typhoon Odette (international codename Rai) made nine landfalls in December 16, 2021 on (1st) Siargao, Surigao del Norte, (2nd) Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands, (3rd) Liloan, Southern Leyte, (4th) Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte, (5th) Carlos P. Garcia, Bohol, (6th) Bien Unido, Bohol, (7th) Carcar, Cebu; and on December 17, 2021 – (8th) on La Libertad, Negros Oriental and (9th) Roxas, Palawan. As it hit the Negros Islands, Typhoon Odette affected 256,692 families or 1,082,233 persons in Negros Occidental and 111,142 families or 405,936 persons in Negros Oriental.
On December 16, 2021, at around 9 pm, Typhoon Odette made its 7th landfall in Carcar, Cebu province. Earlier that day, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) raised Alert Signal no. 4 (Joint Typhoon Warning Center Signal no. 5) over Cebu. For at least 40 minutes, Odette ravaged southern, central, and northern Cebu with strong winds exceeding 260 kilometers per hour.
The most severely affected areas of the typhoon are in the southern towns of Cebu province.
In its aftermath, powerful Typhoon Odette, after making nine landfalls left many parts of Southern Philippines devastated.
As of the December 22, 2022, the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Disaster Response Operations, Monitoring and Information Center (DSWD-DROMIC) reported that Typhoon Odette affected 2.628 million persons or 678,043 families in ten regions. Typhoon Odette’s strong winds and the storm surges it induced damaged 139,007 houses in the affected regions, of which 53,797 houses were totally damaged and 85,210 were partially destroyed.
On December 16, 2021, at around 9 pm, Typhoon Odette (international name Rai) made its landfall in Carcar City, Cebu province. For about 40 minutes, Odette ravaged Southern, Central, and Northern Cebu with strong winds exceeding 260 kilometers per hour.
The southern towns of Cebu province were the most severely battered by the powerful typhoon. Typhoon Odette’s peak struck during high tide, the storm surge it induced brought waves over a hundred meters on land, destroying coastal shelters and livelihoods.
Samahang Operasyong Sagip held its second in a series of medical and dental mission activities in Barangay Mabini in Basey, Western Samar.
Barangay Mabini has a population of about 4,414 and is one of the communities being assisted by SOS after the massive destruction caused by Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013. Barely recovering from Typhoon Yolanda, Typhoon Ruby battered them again in December 2014 – inundated their rice and vegetable crops, uprooted root crops and banana trees, destroyed their houses.