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NDRRMC: 326 reported dead, 58 missing due to Odette

The reported death toll due to Typhoon Odette has climbed to 326, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Friday.

In its latest report, the NDRRMC said only 14 of the fatalities were so far confirmed, including those reported in Palawan, Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, Bohol, Southern Leyte, Bukidnon, and Misamis Oriental.

The NDRRMC cited drowning and falling trees and debris as causes of death.

Meanwhile, a total of 58 people were missing while 661 were injured due to the typhoon that lashed many areas in the Visayas and Mindanao last week, the NDRRMC report said.

A total of 3,380,167 people or 870,334 families were affected by the typhoon in 5,508 barangays, it added.

The affected regions were Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga, Northern Mindanao, Davao, Soccsksargen, Caraga, and Bangsamoro.

A total of 352,384 persons or 83,903 families were staying inside evacuation centers, while 277,050 individuals or 77,436 families were staying in the houses of their relatives and friends.

At least 348,642 houses were damaged — 228,156 partially and 129,486 totally, the NDRRMC said.

A total of P2,030,803,044 worth of damage in agriculture and P3,999,252,642 in infrastructure were also reported.

Meanwhile, power has been restored to 149 of 273 cities and municipalities that encountered power interruption as a result of the typhoon.

Water supply problems, on the other hand, were experienced in four areas. Water service has been restored in one area so far.

Communication issues were also encountered in 371 areas but 114 of them have already been restored, according to the NDRRMC.

All of the five airports in the affected areas are now operational. Of the 25 suspended domestic flights, eight have already resumed.

A total of 126 seaports went non-operational due to the typhoon, of which 72 are already functioning. At least 1,353 passengers, 697 rolling cargoes, and four vessels were stranded.

At least 370 classes and 305 work schedules were suspended.

According to the NDRRMC, a total of 343 cities and municipalities were placed under state of calamity due to the impact of Odette.  —KBK, GMA News