20,000 households affected in Consolacion due to Odette

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MORE than 20,000 houses in Consolacion town in northern Cebu were affected by Typhoon Odette (Rai) that hit Cebu on the night of Dec. 16, 2021.

Nearly 24,000 homes were affected by the typhoon, of which 22,424 were damaged while 1,527 were destroyed, said Danny Capangpangan, Consolacion’s municipal disaster risk reduction and management officer.

But Capangpangan could not give an estimate on the typhoon’s damage in the town.

Aside from infrastructure, agriculture in the town was also devastated by the typhoon.

Cornelia Valle, chief of the town’s Agriculture Office, said an estimated P8 million worth of agricultural damage was reported in the town.

Some poultry farms, piggeries and fisheries were destroyed during the typhoon, Valle added.

Prices of pork, chicken and fish are expected to rise, but municipal officials are closely monitoring prices to ensure that unscrupulous business owners won’t commit overpricing.

The price of drinking water, which has become scarce after Typhoon Odette, is also being monitored by the Local Price Monitoring Council as ordered by Mayor Joannes Alegado.

Consolacion is one of the areas in Metro Cebu that were hit hard by the typhoon.

Meanwhile, boats were also wrecked on the beaches and a tugboat sank in Barangay Tayud during the onslaught of Typhoon Odette.

It was reported that there were six crew members onboard the tugboat mv Ida, but only two were retrieved by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Cebu so far.

PCG Cebu Captain Alvin Dagalea said on Monday, Dec. 27, that four crew members of mv Ida were still missing.

The PCG Cebu still has not identified the two crew members.

The PCG Cebu’s updated report states that 271 ships ran aground, 12 capsized and 12 sank during Typhoon Odette’s onslaught.

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