• Count for ‘Yolanda’ fatalities in dead halt

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    AS the nation took a rest after celebrating the New Year, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) also took a respite from counting the dead bodies in typhoon-devastated Tacloban City, Leyte province and nearby places.

    Figures released by the NDRRMC on Wednesday showed no changes from its previous situational report, which includes, among others, the number of affected population, damaged houses, cost of damages, status of lifelines and cost of assistance to the victims.

    Despite reports by various media entities on the site that 30 or so bodies were still being recovered everyday, the number of dead still stood at 6,155 with 1,785 others still missing and 28,626 injured.

    The figures have remained unchanged since December 29.

    A total of 3,424,593 families or 16,078,181 persons were affected in 12,139 barangays in 44 provinces, 591 municipalities and 57 cities of Regions 4-A, 4-B, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11 and Caraga.

    The number of damaged houses also remained the same at 1,140,332 houses. Of the number, 50,928 were totally damaged and 589,404 partially.

    Cost of damages froze at P36.690 billion with P18,336 billion for infrastructures and P18,354 billion for agriculture.

    For more than a month now, there were no changes also on the status of lifelines. As of November 22, 2013, the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) reported that there were a total of 1,959 transmission facilities that were damaged, including backbone transmission line, steel poles and converter station.

    Worth of local relief assistance also stood still at P1,259 billion, in which P867.049 million came from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, local government units.P116.895 million; and non-government organizations and other government organizations, P56,928 million.

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