REFUGE. Evacuees in Barangay Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City seek temporary refuge at West City Central School on Dec. 16 as Typhoon Odette lashes Northern Mindanao. The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council tallied more than 53,000 displaced individuals and PHP81-million worth of damage to property as of Sunday (Dec. 19, 2021) evening. (PNA photo by Nef Luczon)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Northern Mindanao (RDRRMC-10) said Typhoon Odette killed five people, displaced a total of 53,340 individuals, and left an estimated PHP81 million worth of damage to property in the region.

In a report released Sunday evening, December 19, the total number of individuals displaced came from 15,086 families and 242 barangays, with the province of Misamis Oriental having the highest number with 33,435 individuals or 9,185 families from 27 barangays, which included this city.

The RDRRMC-10 also recorded damage to houses, both partially and totally, with an estimated value of PHP1,132,000, while damage to infrastructure in San Isidro and Batangan Dike in Valencia City, Bukidnon was estimated at PHP80.1 million.

Meanwhile, the council reported five casualties and three injured in the aftermath of the typhoon.

Despite the city government here saying there was no casualty in the flooding, the RDRRMC-10 recorded a certain Roberto Tanusan, 44, a resident of Barangay Balulang as having died from a "falling stone”.

The RDRRMC-10 also noted the signal disruption of cellular networks’ signal and internet connectivity in most parts of the region.

"As per DICT (Department of Department of Information and Communications Technology), three landings (cable stations) of Smart Fiber are down as of December 18, 2021. DICT and other internet providers in the region are experiencing difficulties in connectivity," the report said, but added that services were restored the following day, December 19. (PNA)