By J. Jala | 09:45 PM December 18, 2021
Bohol Governor Arthur Yap said that destruction caused by typhoon Odette which hit Bohol province on Thursday has the same similarities as their experience with supertyphoon Yolanda.
Typhoon Yolanda hit the Visayas in Nov. 2013 killing 200 people and damaging properties.
“Yung first responders mismo, biktima kaming lahat (Even the first responders, we are all victims here). So this is Typhoon Haiyan [Yolanda] again,” Yap told Dobol B TV.
He said rescuers cannot function well since first responders like police, military, and disaster risk reduction officer as well as their families are affected by Odette.
More than 13,000 families have been moved to evacuation centers from critical areas. The number swelled as the devastation was great and all-encompassing.
“We are doing what is humanly possible to help you. We are doing our best to make a rapid assessment of the damages and the situation you are in. But it is all very difficult to achieve because of the breakdown of communications due to destroyed cel towers and the province-wide black out. It is made all the more difficult because many of the first responders themselves are victims and are tending to their loved ones, ” he said in a statement.
” Even so, we will do our best to have a rapid assessment completed by this weekend as we strive to get in touch with your LGUs,” he added.
He signed Executive Order 65 putting the Province of Bohol under a “State of Calamity” and ordered the stockpiling of thousands of food packs and water supplies, which we have started to distribute particularly in Maribojoc and Loboc. Definitely, more towns will surely follow.
“As we confront this tragedy, remember that we are going to do this together as one Bolanon People. We must remember that we are all victims. You and I have suffered greatly together,” he said.