Yolanda death toll close to 6,000

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

(Updated) MORE than a month after killer typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) wreaked havoc in Eastern Visayas, the official list of fatalities still keeps growing, the disaster bureau reported.

On Tuesday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that the death toll is now at 5,936 while the number of missing is at 1,779.

At least 27,022 were reported injured, according to the NDRRMC.

Cost of damage remains at P35.5 billion, with P18.2 billion for infrastructure and P17.3 billion for agriculture.

The latest assessment also showed that reported damage houses have climbed to 1,192,093 according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

NDRRMC Undersecretary Eduardo Del Rosario also noted that the Department of Energy (DOE) reported that aside from Tacloban City, power restoration have already reached parts of Ormoc City, as well as in the Municipalities of Anilao, Banate, Barotac, Viejo and in Aljuy.

“We are doing all our efforts especially the electric cooperatives para maibalik ang supply ng kuryente sa mga lugar na nasalanta ni Yolanda bago mag Kapaskuhan,” Del Rosario said.

He added that water supply in Leyte is already sufficient while 70 percent of water operations have been restored in Iloilo.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said that more than P 1.046 billion worth of relief assistance has already been provided for the affected residents living in Eastern Visayas while the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub of the government reported that at least P21.65 billion were pledged from various countries and international organizations as cash and non-cash assistance for those devastated by the killer typhoon.

Meanwhile, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 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.

Yolanda, one of the strongest cyclones on record to make landfall, hit Eastern Visayas on November 8. (SFP/John Carlo Cahinhinan/Sunnex)

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