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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. Since the typhoon’s peak hit during high tide, a storm surge brought seawater over a hundred meters on land, destroying coastal shelters and livelihoods. As of January 6, 2022, the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Disaster Response Operations, Monitoring and Information Center (DSWD-DROMIC) reported that Typhoon Odette affected 577,399 families or 1,796,241 persons.

Samahang Operasyong Sagip (SOS) launched a call for donation to support families and communities battered by Typhoon Odette. Many kind-hearted individuals, organizaitions and groups poured in

their support for the affected population. On January 11, 2022 Samahang Operasyong Sagip in coordination with network member Filipino Nurses United (FNU) and local network partners in Cebu provided food relief assistance to affected families in Barangay Tungkop, Minglanila, Cebu. The relief delivery activity was held in the covered court of Barangay Tungkop.

Samahang Operasyong Sagip thanks all those who have generously gave support to our Typhoon Odette disaster response campaign. More relief delivery activities are scheduled in Cebu, Bohol and Negros Occidental in the coming days. The affected families and communities still need our support.