Typhoon Odette claimed the lives of at least 72 people in Bohol, Gov. Arthur Yap announced.

Since telecommunication networks were brought down by the typhoon, Yap said 42 mayors out of the province’s 48 were able to report their situation to the provincial government. 

With two landfalls, Yap added that Bohol experienced “great and all-encompassing” damage from Typhoon Odette.

The governor also placed the province under a state of calamity.

“In an aerial survey I took with the Philippine Air Force over the coastal towns of northern Bohol up to Inabanga, it is very clear that our people have suffered greatly in terms of destroyed homes and agricultural losses,” he said.


Some municipalities, such as Inabanga, Loboc, Batuan, and Carlos P. Garcia were asking for food assistance. Yap encouraged local executives to use their emergency procurement powers to purchase basic needs for their residents. 

“To support our mayors, the Provincial Government is also presently coordinating with suppliers to prepare more food packs and water in the coming days,” he said. Ronald Espartinez