• Peace and order in typhoon-hit Western Visayas back to normal: PNP

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    The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday said the peace and order situation in the Western Visayas, one of the regions battered by Supertyphoon Yolanda, has normalized.

    But Regional Police Commander, Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., said police are still on a full alert because relief and recovery operations are far from over.

    Cruz said 2,624 officers were deployed in hundreds of areas in the region that were heavily affected by Supertyphoon Yolanda “to assist in the clearing of roads, conduct rescue and retrieval operations for missing individuals and increase police presence to provide security and mitigate looting.”

    Quoting reports from field units, Cruz said the province of Iloilo has the biggest number of typhoon casualties, with 139 dead, 846 injured and 17 missing as of Wednesday morning.

    Antique has 11 dead, 48 injured and 10 missing; Aklan, seven dead and 57 injured; Capiz, 31 dead, 65 injured and 14 missing; Negros Occidental, two dead, 49 injured and five missing.

    No casualties were reported in Guimaras Island, Iloilo City and Bacolod City.

    Cruz added that Search and Rescue (SAR) teams are on standby at the police regional headquarters in Iloilo City and police forensic experts will help in processing and identification of bodies.

    ANTHONY VARGAS

     

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