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After the attack of ‘Odette,’ NegOcc will declare a state of catastrophe.

Following the onslaught of Typhoon Odette, which killed at least eight Negrenses and displaced more than 93,000 people in the past two days, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson of Negros Occidental stated on Saturday that he plans to proclaim a state of calamity in the entire province.

“For the entire province, we shall declare a state of catastrophe.” On Tuesday, the Provincial Board will ratify this (December 21). In a radio interview, Lacson explained, “What this means is that we can use the Quick Response Fund that local government units can use to handle the problem we’re experiencing.”

Three of the eight fatalities were reported in Moises Padilla town, with one each in the municipalities of Manapla, Isabela, Binalbagan, and La Carlota, and San Carlos.

“Those I mentioned are the only ones I can vouch for.” When asked about rumors that numerous people were killed in Sipalay City, the governor stated, “The rest are not yet confirmed.”

Lacson stated that as of 6 a.m. Saturday, 93,696 people have been evacuated across the province, the bulk of them are in southern Negros, notably in the sixth district, which includes areas in Kabankalan City and Ilog town.

“Some evacuees have returned home, particularly those in the north, while many remain in evacuation shelters in the south,” he said.

Food packets from the Department of Social Welfare and Development were provided to impacted residents in the municipalities of La Castellana, Isabela, Moises Padilla, and Ilog, as well as Kabankalan City, he said.

Electrical lines were toppled by severe winds caused by “Odette” from Thursday night to early Friday morning, knocking out power over Negros Occidental.

The Central Negros Electric Cooperative said in a statement that the storm damaged its power lines and that its staff are working to restore power to all locations.

On Friday, power was restored in various portions of the Murcia municipality, as well as the cities of Talisay, Silay, and Bago.

In a Facebook post, the Northern Negros Electric Cooperative stated that its workers are working around the clock to expedite the repair of damaged lines and restore electricity as quickly as possible.

Parts of Manapla town and Victorias City are partially powered as of Saturday, while Feeder 2 in neighboring E.B. Magalona town is also partially restored.

Teams from the Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative are examining the damage in southern Negros, which has been affected the hardest in the province, and will prioritize the repair of 69kv lines to power the substations, according to its Director Rolito Espinosa in a Facebook post on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Binalbagan Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office has reported that the two missing fishermen from Barangay Enclaro in the municipality of Binalbagan were rescued on the afternoon of December 16 off the coast of Cauayan town.

Responders from Binalbagan scooped up Joevel Tipon, 29, and Noel De la Cruz, 19, who went out to sea on December 14 after getting confirmation that they were already safe.

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