As power and communications lines are slowly restored by the service crews that have been working non-stop ever since the onslaught of Super Typhoon Odette that started during the late hours of December 16, the full extent of the damage and the death toll is becoming clearer.
“Odette” is one of the most powerful storms to hit our country and specifically our island in years and the trail of destruction is harrowing. Sizable areas were left without electricity, water and communications throughout most of the weekend and while many places are already starting to go back online, service restoration may take weeks or even months in areas that have suffered major devastation.
Basic necessities such as drinking water has become scarce in affected areas and the lack of electricity and telecommunications service has led to a breakdown in the delivery of many basic services that we have taken for granted in our digitalized lifestyles. Aside from missing the basics that are light, power and water supply, banks have gone offline, digital wallets rendered unusable, and communications are sporadic in the wake of Typhoon Odette.
As we slowly pick up the pieces and look forward to the return of normalcy, let us keep in mind the plight of our countrymen who are still reeling from the onslaught of Typhoon Odette. As Christmas Day approaches, the affected residents of parts of southern Negros and Negros Oriental will need more than just thoughts and prayers in the next few weeks.
For those who are in a position to help make Christmas a little better for typhoon victims, various kind-hearted and quick-thinking groups have sprung in to action and organized relief and donation drives to help the typhoon victims. Sharing our blessings by contributing funds, goods, or time will go a long way when it comes to providing relief, comfort and hope to those who have lost so much because of “Odette,” especially during this season of giving.
With a national government that claims to have no more funds left for typhoon victims in a country that is regularly battered by powerful storms during this time of the year, it is up to us once more to look after each other the best we can. It’s not ideal, but as Filipinos, we’ve become used to it and these next few weeks are the best time to show our countrymen and the world that we fully understand what Christmas is all about.*