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Batak tribe in Palawan appeals for food, water after Odette onslaught


The Batak tribe in Palawan is appealing for help after their communities were affected by Typhoon Odette.

Eighty families of the tribe leaving on a mountaintop in Puerto Princesa City were affected by the typhoon and lost their houses and livelihood, according to a News Live report on Sunday.

All coconut trees at the Batac Tribe Village in the municipality of Roxas were also uprooted.

The tribe is appealing for food, water, clothes, and construction materials so they can rebuild their homes. 

Typhoon Odette slammed into Siargao, Surigao del Norte on December 16, then proceeded through parts of Mindanao, Visayas, and Palawan, leaving widespread devastation in its wake.

The reported count of deaths from Typhoon Odette's aftermath climbed to 378 from 367, data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) showed Sunday.

Meanwhile, the NDRRMC data also showed that 742 were injured in the typhoon, of which 73 are confirmed. Further, 60 people were missing but only 10 were confirmed.

Odette affected 3,953,880 people or 1,012,997 families in Mimaropa, Region 5, Region 6, Region 7, Region 8, Region 9, Region 10, Region 11, Region 12, CARAGA, and BARMM. —KG, GMA News

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