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Pre-emptive evacuations for ‘Odette’ are beginning, according to the NDRRMC’s chief.

Preemptive evacuation in high-risk areas has begun a day before Typhoon Odette is scheduled to make landfall on Thursday, according to Ricardo Jalad, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

“Merong nang nagsagawa ng [preemptive] evacuation, may report kanina sa full council meeting ng NDRRMCC, [meron] na dito sa Region 6, Region 7, sa Caraga at saka Region 8, may mga local government units na nag-preemptive evacuation LGUs are now in charge of this) “Reporters were briefed by Jalad.

Near the center, “Odette” presently has maximum sustained winds of 120 kph and gustiness of up to 150 kph. It was last seen 590 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, in Surigao del Sur.

The preventive evacuations are being overseen by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) regional counterparts, as well as the LGUs, according to Jalad.

Prepositioning of humanitarian commodities from the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Office of Civil Defense is also happening, he said.

The number of households and persons who were evacuated ahead of time, according to Jalad, is unknown.

“Odette” preparations began on December 10, he said, allowing them to identify high-risk regions in Regions 7 (Central Visayas), 8 (Eastern Visayas), 4-B (Mimaropa), and Caraga.

Despite the fact that “Odette” is not as powerful as prior typhoons, Jalad urged residents to heed the LGU’s requests for preemptive evacuation, particularly in high-risk locations.

These, he said, apply to areas that are prone to flooding and landslides as a result of severe rain.

As a safeguard against the Covid-19 threat, evacuees are advised to maintain minimal health standards while inside the evacuation facilities, he said.

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