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In S. Leyte, there is a lack of power and communication.

After Typhoon Odette made her third and fourth landfall in the province on Thursday, power, and communication are still out across Southern Leyte.

The biggest problem, according to the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) in Eastern Visayas, is communicating with local officials in the province after the fierce typhoon unleashed its vengeance.

“We had not received any reports of casualties as of 7:40 p.m. on Thursday, most likely due to the local government’s preventive evacuation. According to preliminary information received by the Department of Health, only minor injuries have occurred “Lord Byron Torrecarion, chair of the RDRRMC, said in an interview.

A team from the Department of Information and Communication Technology is on its way to Maasin City, Southern Leyte, to put up an emergency communication system, he added.

Maasin, the provincial capital of Southern Leyte, lies 185 kilometers south of this city, which serves as the regional capital.

“Our incident management team is flying to Southern Leyte with satellite phones so local officials may interact with national government agencies,” Torrecarion said.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is preparing an additional 20,000 food packs for the province, according to the official.

Aside from Southern Leyte, the RDRRMC is also keeping an eye on the post-disaster situation in the province of Leyte’s southern half, which is under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 4.

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

“Odette” made its third landfall on Liloan, Southern Leyte, around 4:50 p.m. on Thursday, after making landfall twice in Siargao and Dinagat Island.

At 5:40 p.m., the fourth landfall was recorded in neighboring Padre Burgos.

Since Thursday morning, the typhoon’s strong winds have caused power outages in the provinces of Leyte and Southern Leyte.

With maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers per hour (kph) in the center and gustiness of up to 270 kph, the typhoon passed over Caraga and the Eastern Visayas region.

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