• NDRRMC: Yolanda’s death toll still rising

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    THE number of people killed by super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) is still rising, the National Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Saturday.

    Based on the latest tally, NDRRMC said that the number of deaths is already at 5,796— twice the estimated number of fatalities predicted by President Benigno Aquino 3rd almost a month ago.

    The NDRRMC bulletin also said that about 27,022 people were injured and 1,799 people still remain missing.

    The howler also affected a total of 2.592 million families or 12.2 million individuals in more than 12,120 villages in 44 provinces in at least nine regions in Central Philippines, NDRRMC said.

    Yolanda has left more than P35.2 billion in the cost of damages in which P18.2 billion are in infrastructure and P17 billion in agriculture in the affected regions.

    While cost of assistance extended to affected families have reached to P988 million in which P720 million came from the national government, P115 million from local government units and P55.8 million from non-governmental organization, the NDRRMC reports said.

    President Aquino earlier directed his cabinet officials to start crafting and preparing their recovery and action plan for the rebuilding of areas that were severely affected by the super typhoon. ANTHONY VARGAS

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