Yolanda death toll soar to 5,982

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

CASUALTIES from super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) draws close to 6,000, the country’s disaster bureau reported on Thursday.

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) spokesperson Major Reynaldo Balido said the government’s official death toll soared to 5,982 based on the agency 6 a.m. update.

Balido added that 1,779 individuals remained missing but he explained that only few cadavers were been retrieved more than a month after Yolanda ravaged most of the cities and towns in Samar and Leyte Provinces.

Meanwhile, the total damage to properties climbed to P35,547,986,330.67 with around P18.23 billion reported devastation in the infrastructure and P17.32 billion in the agriculture industry.

The latest update also mentioned that the reported destroyed houses stands at 1,192,093 according to the joint assessment by the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Power restoration efforts continue in Tacloban City as well as in most parts of Ormoc City and also in the Municipalities of Anilao, Banate, Barotac Viejo and in Aljuy.

Meanwhile, the Department of Trade and Industry continues to operate its "Diskwento Caravan” in various locations that were ravaged by Yolanda's wrath while price control for basic commodities as well as in the prices of petroleum products continues to take effect in Eastern Visayas.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said that more than P 1.068 billion worth of relief assistance has already been provided for the affected residents living in rhe region. (Sunnex)

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