Odette affects 37K Mandaue households, over 5K families in Consolacion town

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OVER 37,000 households in Mandaue City were affected by Typhoon Odette (Rai).

Karlo Cabahug, research and planning head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRMMO), said as of Dec. 29, 2021, or almost two weeks since the typhoon hit Cebu, they recorded a total of 37,071 affected households in the city.

Based on data from the City Social Welfare and Services (CSWS), Cabahug said the number refers to those households with damaged houses due to the typhoon.

He has yet to give an estimate on the damage to infrastructure and agriculture as the CSWS assessment is still ongoing.

Assistance

Meanwhile, the city government has started to distribute sacks of rice and potable water to typhoon-stricken residents.

The Mandaue City Public Information Office (MCPIO) said the first to receive 25 kilos of rice and 10 liters of potable water were each of the 1,000 families in Barangay Umapad whose houses were totally or severely damaged.

Mayor Jonas Cortes also promised to give financial assistance to the affected families.

Cortes urged all affected families to have themselves listed in the purok system and barangay captains to fast-track the listing for the immediate release of assistance.

As of Wednesday, Dec. 29, about 31 percent of Mandaue has been reenergized by Visayan Electric, including the city’s public market.

Around 90 percent of roads in Mandaue City are also now accessible and that only few debris or fallen trees remain, the MCPIO said.

In Consolacion, 5,500 families were reported severely affected by the typhoon.

They each received the second wave of aid from the Municipal Government on Wednesday, Dec. 28. A relief pack contains four kilos of rice and 10 pieces of beef loaf.

The first wave of the relief goods distribution happened on Dec. 20-21. (KAL)

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