OVER a month after super typhoon “Yolanda” slammed the Visayas region, more bodies are being recovered as the death toll from the disaster is now close to 6,000.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Wednesday reported that the death toll has climbed to 5,959.
From the said number, 5,605 came from Eastern Visayas, the hardest hit by Yolanda.
Fatalities were also recorded in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon provinces), 3; Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), 19; Bicol, 6; Western Visayas, 250; Central Visayas, 74; Zamboanga Peninsula, 1; and Caraga,1.
According to the NDRRMC, 27,002 people were injured while 1,779 remain missing.
At least 2,581,677 families or 12,191,201 individuals were affected in 12,122 villages in 44 provinces, displacing 869,730 families or 3,980,148 people.
Of those displaced, 21,657 families or 93,890 individuals are still staying in 386 evacuation centers.
It also reported that the damage caused by Yolanda has increased to P35.547 billion, including P18.226 billion in infrastructure and P17.321 billion in agriculture.
While the number of destroyed houses has reached 1,192,091 including 593,785 destroyed and 598,306 damaged.
It added that total cost of government assistance for the affected families has reached P1.068 billion.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has allocated 773 million; local government units (LGUs), P116 million; Department of Health (DOH), P121 million; and non-governmental organizations/other government organizations, P56 million.
Meanwhile, the NDRRMC said 35,381 people, 1,351 vehicles, 118 seacraft, 163 aircraft and 28,361 other assets/equipment from the national and local agencies have been deployed to strategic areas to expedite response and medical operations.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO