Update on Typhoon Odette

By Princess Joy Deriada - updated on 17/03/2022

School of Langogan after the Typhoon

Super Typhoon Rai (known as “Odette” in the Philippines) was the 15th storm to hit the country in 2021 and the strongest typhoon to strike the Philippine archipelago in 2021.

9.9 million people are affected by the Typhoon

People in the Philippines were already coping with increasing poverty, unemployment and roll-back on development gains following two years of the pandemic when typhoon Odette hit the Philippines it leaved a wide path of destruction, left hundreds dead, left damaged houses, infrastructures, and livelihoods in many areas of the impacted region. In total there are 9.9 million people are affected and based on Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) there are still 144 thousand remain displace population in the Philippines because of the Typhoon Odette as of February 2, 2022 . .

Palawan is one of the provinces hit hard by the typhoon Odette. Many people in Palawan are not prepared and resilient with the typhoon we barely experience natural disasters and we do not even know what it feels like to get hit by the typhoon. The north part of Palawan is one of the severely affected areas by the typhoon Odette it caused massive electricity and telecommunications outages that continue to affect many Barangays in Palawan.

At present, the situation is still complicated.

Farming and fishing provide a major source of income and livelihoods for many people in Palawan but because of typhoon Odette the farming and fishing communities are devastated, and the local coping capacity are severely strained.

After 3 months typhoon Odette hit Palawan there are still many areas that still have no electricity, many people are still living in damage shelters and the needs to rebuild their homes are needed.

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