Typhoon Rai, also known as Typhoon Odette, left thousands of citizens homeless or without power and communications.
On Saturday Filipino authorities announced that at least 33 people had been killed by the strongest storm to hit the Philippines in 2021, Typhoon Rai. Dozens of other residents have gone missing.
Footage of Super Typhoon— Typhooná´·á´¾á´´ (@TyphoonKph)
#Rai/ #OdettePHmaking landfall in Siargao Island yesterday. The video was taken at 2:10PM local time, December 16th.
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BREAKING: Typhoon— Rex Remitio (@RexRemitio)
#OdettePH(international name: Rai) intensifies further, slams into Surigao City in southern part of the Philippines. @cnnphilippines
Surigao City Public Information Office
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Twelve people are dead following the devastation from Typhoon Rai, the strongest storm to slam the Philippines this year. Trees were uprooted, villages flooded and roofs were ripped off houses. Thousands were forced to flee their homes.— Markets Today (@marketsday)
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The initial death toll has been increased after the government of the Negros Occidental province declared another 13 victims, most of them drowned, while around 50 others went missing.
“We have started to evacuate people since Wednesday but many of them were reluctant to leave,” official Salvador Mesa commented.
Rai, which has recently intensified into a Category 5 super typhoon, hit predominantly southern and central island provinces of the country where over 300,000 had to be
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PHILIPPINES: TYPHOON RAI INTENSIFIED TO CAT 5 STORM!
#TyphoonRai/ #TyphoonOdetterapidly intensified to a Category 5 storm before making landfall in the Southern Philippines on Thursday, forcing mass evacuations. #BreakingNews #Video #Storm #Tornado pic.twitter.com/yoTof2i6Uk December 16, 2021
As it reached its strongest point, the typhoon made winds of 120 mph (195 km/h) and gusts of up to 168 mph (270 km/h).
Cebu is currently being devastated by Typhoon— Daddy Z (@ZPalmarez)
#OdettePH. I can't describe my feeling so scary outside. This is just inside but you can feel the wrath already. Cebu is home of millions Filipinos. Please pray for the Philippines. We need God during this time. Only miracle can save. pic.twitter.com/Z3DBHGrPOh December 16, 2021
It first hit the country on Thursday but the extent of the damage done could not be assessed until the weekend due to Rai’s departure and power, transport, and communication outages.
“Most of our commercial and cargo vessels are now unsuitable for sea voyages, effectively cutting us off from the rest of the country,” said the governor of the Dinagat Islands province Arlene Bag-ao.
Typhoon Odette ! Please Pray for the Philippines— Z.E (@ZE09680938)
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Some provinces have been flooded after the nature disaster leaving dozens of citizens trapped on roofs and trees.
Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to pay a visit to the regions on Saturday and Sunday, as well as raise funds to aid the provinces.