Typhoon Odette made 9 landfalls and wreaked havoc in Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Island, Southern Leyte, Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, and Palawan.
The heavy rains, wind, flood and landslides resulted in loss of lives and damaged airports, seaports rendered roads and bridges unpassable and caused disruption of basic necessities such as power, water and communications.
The Philippine Red Cross responded with a humanitarian caravan which consisting of water tanker, food truck, ambulance, payloader, and a 6x6 truck loaded with 2 generator sets, 5,000 face masks, 400 boxes of ready-to-eat meals, and medicines to support our Chapter personnel based in the affected areas. With power and communication lines unavailable, coordination between our resources on the road, our people on the ground and our headquarters presents an enormous challenge.
As super typhoon Odette (internationally known as Rai) has caused catastrophic damages to many parts of the country, the Philippine Red Cross(PRC) Chairman and CEO Senator Dick Gordon appeals to the people to donate to affected communities in Visayas and Mindanao.
“ Our volunteers and staff have been working non stop to assess and respond swiftly to the damages on the ground. Since yesterday, we have deployed food trucks, and set up evacuation sites for thousands of affected individuals,” said Chairman and CEO Senator Dick Gordon in an interview.
“ As the auxiliary of the government, our role is to prioritize our responses to those who are most affected by the typhoon to be able to reach out to more affected communities,” added Gordon.
The PRC is appealing for donations as it is currently preparing rescue equipment, medical tents, mosquito nets, sleeping kits, food packs and other relief items as these will be sent over to affected areas.