Cebu and Bohol islands severely affected by Typhoon Odette

The morning after Typhoon Odette passed Region VII, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc (RAFI) – Emergency Operations Center mobilized its Rapid Assessment Teams to identify the extent of damage and immediate needs of affected families and communities in the Provinces of Cebu. Response teams have been out for the last 24 to 48 hours, visiting evacuation centers and coordinating with Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices for data. 

Initial data shows that the whole of Cebu and Bohol Islands have been drastically battered by Typhoon Odette. The 2 provinces are currently without power and water supply with erratic cellphone signals. 

The south of Cebu sustained the brunt of the impact, severely damaging infrastructure, and homes. Bridges sustained severe damage, rendering towns south of Cebu impassable with collapsed bridges. Roads are currently impassable as clearing operations continue. In addition, the northern part of Bohol was also severely damaged. 

Immediate needs of affected families and individuals are the following: food, water, and power supply (powerbanks). The first 48 hours are the most critical as the need for basic supplies increase.  

To respond to the immediate needs of affected families, the RAFI Emergency Operations Center will deploy an initial 11,000 relief packs to communities in Danao City and the Municipalities of Catmon, Carmen, Tuburan, and Sibonga. Each relief pack will consist of 5 kilos of rice, 3 canned sardines, 3 packs of noodles, 3 cans of corned beef, and 6 liters of drinking water. Additional relief packs shall be provided to other LGUs in Cebu after the assessment.  

Furthermore, 10,000 relief packs will be deployed in the Province of Bohol and the specific location for the distribution will determined after the damage report. 

Rapid Assessment is currently still ongoing, and the RAFI EOC in both provinces are still consolidating updates from other towns. Once data from rapid assessment has been consolidated, the RAFI Emergency Operations Centers will update its comprehensive response and rehabilitation plan for Cebu and Bohol Province.  

To further prepare for the rehabilitation and recovery phase, RAFI shall craft the design of the starter house models for the displaced indigent families. Plans for psychosocial support initiatives for families, children, and humanitarian workers are also being created.  Updates on RAFI’s response efforts can be monitored at the RAFI Website.  

RAFI is open for partnerships. Its Donation Hub is OPEN for donations and support from local and international organizations, as well as from individual donors. Donations will be used for the provision of immediate relief for the affected families and communities.  

Interested partners can contact RAFI through their email address eoc@rafi.ph or through the following numbers 265-5914 (landline), 0917-633-2936 (Globe), and 0933-879-2966 (Sun).