Yolanda death toll now at 6,155

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

MANILA (Updated) -- The death toll from Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) rose to 6,155, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Sunday.

The running total of the death toll per region is as follows:

Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) – 3
Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan) -- 19
Bicol -- 6
Western Visayas -- 294
Central Visayas -- 74
Eastern Visayas -- 5,757
Zamboanga Peninsula -- 1
Caraga -- 1

Of the fatalities, about 1,000 bodies are feared rotting in Tacloban City, one of the areas hit hardest by Yolanda.

Some residents in Tacloban City in Leyte province feared that these rotting bodies may pose a health hazard.

But the government assured the public on Sunday that a system is in place to process and identify the remains of those who died in the typhoon, considered the strongest in the world in 2013.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the Departments of Health and Interior and Local Government are implementing the system.

"Authorities are doing all they can to complete the processing of the remains. The government's aim is to ensure the health and safety of people)," Coloma said in Filipino.

He said the Bureau of Fire Protection, which is under the Interior and Local Government department, has a systematic manner of identifying the deceased. He appealed to the public for patience, saying such procedures may take some time.

"The BFP may need some time to complete its task because of the high number of fatalities," he said.

Aside from the dead, the NDRRMC said that Yolanda also injured 28,626 people and left 1,785 individuals missing.

At least 3,424,593 families or 16,078,181 people in 12,139 villages in 44 provinces were affected, while 890,895 families or 4,095,280 people were displaced.

Of those displaced, 20,924 families or 101,527 people are still staying in 381 evacuation centers.

The damage caused by Yolanda was still estimated to P36.662 billion, including P18.336 billion in infrastructure and P18.354 billion in agriculture.

The NDRRMC said the number of destroyed houses has reached 1,140,332, including 550,928 destroyed and 589,404 damaged.

It added that total cost of government assistance for the affected families has reached P1.218 billion.

The Department of Social and Welfare Development has allocated P867 million; local government units (LGUs), P116 million; Department of Health (DOH), P177 million; and non-governmental organizations/other government organizations, P56 million.

Meanwhile, the NDRRMC said 35,489 people, 1,351 vehicles, 118 seacrafts, 163 aircrafts and 28,361 other assets/equipment from the national and local agencies have been deployed to strategic areas to expedite response and medical operations. (PNA/Sunnex)

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