Victims of Typhoon Odette, still coping!
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the local weather station in the country described it as a Super Typhoon before it made landfall having winds of 220 kilometers per hour and a wave height of more than 14 meters in the open sea.
With this, Super Typhoon Odette left a trail of devastation in its wake -- affecting millions. ... Over seven million people were affected, according to the latest government data, and the typhoon flattened houses, upended lives, and devastated farming and fishing communities which provide a major source of income and livelihoods.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that Typhoon Odette battered the Visayas and Mindanao region living 407 dead.
And until to this writing, many residents in the affected area such as Barangay Tambacan, Bais City, and Manjuyod both are from Negros Oriental are still trying to cope-up with their situation.
According to Sylvio Tamayo Dorig Jr., a community organizer and volunteer correspondent of Center for People's Media (CPM), people in their community are not yet getting on their feet, and support from the national government is not enough.
"People need more food, blanket, and medicines while staying in the allocated evacuation sites designated by local government", Sylvio added.
He said even he himself is not spared by Typhoon Odette, wherein his home was totally shattered when it landfall December 16, 2021.
"We did not save any of our belongings, because floodwater is rising so quickly and nothing we can do just save ourselves", Sylvio narrated.
Sylvio and PMAA-CPM together with CIRCA Pintig base in Chicago, Illinois, will do a special report in an effort to raise awareness and to raise funds in support of the community affected in Negros for their recovery. PMAA
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