Visayas reveler loses right hand to 'Yolanda' fireworks

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Friday, December 27, 2013

MANILA -- It looks like Yolanda continues to claim victims in the Visayas, this time as a firework product.

The powerful firework named after the killer cyclone cost a teenager in Cebu his right hand, the Department of Health said.

National Epidemiology Center head Dr. Enrique Tayag, in posts on his Twitter account, described the victim as a 14-year-old male from Cebu City who "lost his right hand from Super Yolanda."

Tayag said a second victim of fireworks was a five-year-old boy from Iloilo who had to have his right index finger amputated.

He said the boy used a camara or small dynamite.

Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) had devastated the Visayas and parts of Southern Luzon last November 8, leaving more than 6,100 dead in its wake.

With less than a week to go before the New Year, the number of fireworks-related injuries surpassed 100, the Department of Health said Friday.

Tayag said that as of 6 a.m., there were 140 firework-related injuries, a big jump from the 77 as of Thursday.

These included 134 were from fireworks; one from fireworks ingestion; and five from stray bullets.

Tayag said that of the 134 fireworks-related injuries, 82 were from piccolo.

On Thursday, the DOH recorded 77 fireworks-related injuries, 34 percent lower than the 116 during the same period in 2012. (JK/Sunnex)

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