• NDRRMC: Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ death toll now at 3,982

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    In its latest official tally, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Tuesday announced the death toll for Super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) has reached 3,982 while damage to lives and property reached over P11 billion.

    The casualty count is broken down in the Calabarzon (provinces of Calamba, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) with 2; Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), 5; Bicol, 5; Western Visayas region, 162; Central Visayas, 74; Eastern Visayas, 3,725; Zamboanga Peninsula, 1; and Caraga region with 1 death.

    The NDRRMC added that 18,267 were injured, broken down as follows: 2 for Calabarzon; 61 for Bicol; 259 in Western Visayas; 102 in Central Visayas; 17,821 in Eastern Visayas and one in the Zamboanga Peninsula.

    Still missing are 1,602 individuals: 4 in Mimaropa; 19 in Western Visayas; 5 in Central Visayas; and 1,574 in Eastern Visayas.

    The NDRRMC added that 2,166,891 families or 10,047,652 individuals were affected in 10,560 villages in 57 provinces.

    Of the number, 849,781 families or 3,997,129 individuals are staying in 1,595 evacuation centers.

    Damage was estimated at P11.74 billion, including P10.44 billion in agriculture and P1.3 billion in infrastructure.

    Number of damaged houses also rose to 597,240.

    Meanwhile, the estimated cost of assistance for the affected families has reached P372.23 million, NDRRMC said.

    The Department of Social and Welfare Development (DSWD) has allocated P270.36 million; local government units (LGUs), P43 million; Department of Health (DOH), P22 million; and non-governmental organizations/other government organizations, P36.88 million.

    A total of 24,770 personnel, 1,306 vehicles, 104 sea crafts, 163 aircraft and 27,532 other assets/equipment from the national and local agencies had been mobilized.

    Responders and volunteer groups and organizations were prepositioned and deployed to various strategic areas to facilitate and expedite response operations, it added. PNA

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