According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, three days after Typhoon Odette hit the Visayas, several supermarkets and grocery stores in Metro Cebu ran out of food and water.
Fuel has been in high demand in Cebu, where most of the island is still without power.
Food & water supplies are out of supply in Cebu City supermarkets. (Photo / Retrieved from the Pixabay)
Over the weekend, The Inquirer investigated various supermarkets and grocery stores in Cebu and discovered that stockpiles of bread, canned goods, noodles, and water, among other items, had run out.
People wanted to go inside the stores despite the scarcity of supplies, even if it there was a long queue outside the outlets.
People were still optimistic that the retailers will be able to restock their shelves shortly.
Many water refilling facilities were closed because the energy needed to fill the containers had not been restored.
Some residents who were able to save drinking water decided to sell their supplies for P10 to P50 per gallon, which is the average price.
Those who lived in condominium apartments flushed their toilets with water from the swimming pool.
"It's quite stressful." I've been seeking for a tiny bottle of water for a long time. I'd buy it for any price, but everything is sold out," Robert, who did not want to be identified, told the Inquirer.