SOS starts fund drive for population affected by Typhoon Odette

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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. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that the powerful typhoon displaced 446,939 people or 109,601 families who are now temporarily sheltered in 2,506 evacuation centers.

The extent of damage reported is still in partial as the situation in many more affected areas is still being accounted for due to damage in electric power and communication lines. Media reported of the massive devastations caused by Typhoon Odette showed glimpses of damaged houses, shattered infrastructures, uprooted trees, downed electric posts, and thousands of displaced population staying in temporary shelter. There were many distress calls for help especially for water and food.

Samahang Operasyong Sagip started its Typhoon Odette fund drive to help families and communities badly affected by Typhoon Odette. The fund drive seeks to provide needed food and non-food relief assistance to the Typhoon Odette-affected population.