‘Odette’ kills 1, causes over P1B damage in Danao

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ONE person was confirmed killed while 12 others were reported injured in Danao City, Cebu due to Typhoon Odette (Rai), the city government announced.

On its Facebook page Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, the Danao City Government also said the city incurred over P1 billion worth of damage from the storm.

In its initial 9 a.m., Dec. 22, 2021 situational report, the Danao City government had said the storm caused P102.15 million worth of damage to public infrastructure of the Danao City Government and a further P150 million worth of damage to national infrastructure of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Odette brought a four-meter storm surge and rising tides last Dec. 16 that caused damage to eight coastal barangays, and flooding that washed out Danao’s national roads, the local government unit (LGU) said.

The City evacuated 6,257 residents ahead of Odette’s landfall last Dec. 16, and all evacuees were safe, the LGU said.

However, 937 houses were destroyed while 2,170 other houses sustained damage in the city’s 42 barangays due to Odette’s 175 kilometer per hour winds and gusts of up to 240 kilometers per hour.

To help the affected residents, the City began last Tuesday the distribution of its P20 million Odette shelter cash assistance with a payout conducted in two affected coastal barangays.

The assistance, taken from the City’s disaster funds, was given to those with damaged or destroyed houses in seven purok in Barangay Looc and four purok in Barangay Taytay.

These two coastal barangays had a combined 1,580 damaged and 276 destroyed homes, the LGU said.

Mayor Ramon “Nito” Durano III and Vice Mayor Thomas Mark “Mix” Durano have ordered the distribution of the shelter assistance in the coastal barangays to be completed this year, with the assistance for affected residents in the mountain barangays to follow, the LGU said.

In its Dec. 22 situational report, the City said 136,471 individuals had been affected by the storm.

Danao City was placed under a state of calamity last Dec. 18, 2021 through Resolution No. 339, series of 2021, of the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

In line with this, the prices of basic commodities are being monitored to ensure their affordability amid the crisis.

Last Wednesday, the LGU said the City Price Coordinating Council monitoring the prices of basic commodities in the city had noted increases in the prices of fish, fruits and vegetables.

However, the sellers said they were merely passing on to consumers the higher costs of the goods they were now getting from their suppliers amid the limited supply after Typhoon Odette’s damage to agriculture.

A P10 per kilo increase in the prices of pork and chicken were noted, as were a P1 per kilo increase in the price of some rice and white sugar and P2 per kilo increase in the price of brown sugar.

The LGU said the Danao City Public Market officials would set a meeting with the tenant-sellers to address the problem.

To be better prepared for future calamities, Danao City announced Monday that it had taken delivery of two of six generating sets to augment its existing generators that were operating 24 hours at its Emergency Operations Center, Covid-19 vaccine storage areas and water pumping stations following the blackout caused by Odette.

The new generators would come in handy in future calamities, it said.

The Cebu Electric Cooperative Inc. (Cebeco) 2 has already fully restored power in the 13 LGUs it serves in northern Cebu, including Danao City, as northern Cebu was not as badly hit by Typhoon Odette as central and southern Cebu.

Clearing operations in the city continue, however.

In fact, the mayor issued Executive Order 39 declaring Dec. 31 as Clean-up Drive Day for the employees of the Danao City Government.

This is to ensure that they continue the cleaning of the city and the replanting of trees after many were felled by Odette. (CTL)

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