Power, communication down to S. Leyte

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WRATH OF ‘ODETTE’. Houses destroyed by Typhoon Odette in the coastal village of Asuncion in Maasin City, southern Leyte. The Regional Council for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Eastern Visayas said on Friday, December 17, 2021 that the main challenge was to communicate with local authorities in the province after the powerful typhoon unleashed its wrath. (Photo courtesy of Farimae Urbano)

CITY OF TACLOBAN – Electricity and communications are still down across southern Leyte after Typhoon Odette made its third and fourth landings in the province on Thursday.

The Regional Management Council for Disaster Risk Reduction (RDRRMC) in the Eastern Visayas said on Friday that the main challenge was to communicate with local authorities in the province after the powerful typhoon unleashed its wrath.

“Thursday at 7.40 p.m., we received no reports of casualties possibly due to a preventive evacuation by the local government. Preliminary reports to the Ministry of Health show that there are only slightly injured, “RDRRMC chairman Lord Byron Torrecarion said in an interview.

He added that a team from the Department of Information and Communication Technology is traveling to Maasin City in southern Leyte to set up an emergency communication system.

Maasin is the capital of the province of South Leyte, located 185 kilometers south of this city, the regional capital.

“Our incident management team is heading south of Leyte with satellite phones so that local authorities can communicate with national government agencies,” Torrecarion added.

The official said the Department of Social Protection and Development (DSWD) was preparing an additional 20,000 food packages for the province.

In addition to southern Leyte, the RDRRMC is also monitoring the post-disaster situation in the southern part of Leyte province under Tropical Cyclone Warning Sign No.4.

These are the towns of Matalom, Bato, Inopacan, Hindang, Mahaplag and Abuyog.

After making landfall twice in Siargao and on the island of Dinagat, “Odette” made landfall for the third time in Liloan, in the south of Leyte, Thursday at 4:50 pm.

The fourth landing was recorded at 5:40 p.m. in the nearby town of Padre Burgos.

The strong wind from the typhoon has caused power cuts in Leyte and southern Leyte provinces since Thursday morning.

The typhoon passed through the Caraga region and the eastern Visayas with maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers per hour (km / h) near the center and gusts of up to 270 km / h. (ANP)


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