Yolanda death toll climbs to 5,959; damage at P35.54B

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

MANILA -- The official death toll from Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) that barreled through Visayas last November climbed to almost 6,000 as of 6 a.m. Tuesday.

In its latest update, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said 5,959 people were reported dead. The number of missing and injured people remained at 1,779 and 27,022, respectively.

At least 2,581,677 families or 12,191,201 individuals were affected in 591 municipalities in 44 provinces.

The total cost of damages also increased to P35.547 billion with P18.226 billion in infrastructures and P17.321 billion in agriculture.

Meanwhile, Smart Communications Inc. and Sun Cellular networks said Sunday that communication services in 100 percent of all typhoon-ravaged areas in Visayas are back to normal.

The areas include: Aklan, Antique, Biliran, Bohol, Capiz, Cebu, Eastern Samar, Guimaras, Iloilo, Leyte, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Northern Samar, Southern Leyte and Western Samar.

Globe Telecom also said its mobile coverage in Visayas is already at 90 percent of its restoration.

Former senator Panfilo Lacson, who was appointed earlier this month, is set to lead the rehabilitation efforts. (NMP/Sunnex)

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