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More than 300,000 people fled their homes and beachfront resorts as Typhoon Odette ravaged the southern and central Philippines
The weather bureau warned "very destructive" winds could cause "heavy to very heavy damage to structures and vegetation"
The typhoon is expected to sweep across the Visayas, and Mindanao and Palawan islands before emerging Saturday over the South China Sea
The cash aid distribution aims to assist households to prioritize their urgent needs before the projected impact of typhoon "Odette"
The state weather bureau Pagasa said "Odette" carries maximum sustained winds of up to 120 kilometers per hour with gustiness up to 150 km/h
The weather bureau warned that the severe tropical storm will gradually intensify as it enters the Philippines on Tuesday evening
Aerial photos showed entire streets filled with grey volcanic ash and mud, which had swallowed many homes and vehicles
Fathers cradled distressed daughters, elderly villagers heaved mattresses on their backs and farmers carried goats that had survived