TACLOBAN CITY – The number of people who died from Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai) in the eastern Visayas has reached 27.
Another death was reported in the city of Inopacan, Leyte Province, according to the Philippine National Police in the region.
The other 26 fatalities came from Southern Leyte.
The area’s Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported that, based on their “ongoing data,” 121,147 homes were either damaged or destroyed by Odette, the largest tropical cyclone to hit the country this year.
The regional office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has now identified 4,823 fishermen who were affected by the typhoon.
3,950 fishing boats were said to have been damaged by the typhoon.
BFAR assured the fishermen affected that they would get new boats made of fiberglass.
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