Yolanda death toll already bigger that of 1990 Ormoc disaster

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The number of deaths from Super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) has already exceeded the fatalities from flashflood that swamped Ormoc City in 1990.

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As of Saturday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) put the Yolanda death toll at 5,235, higher than the 5,100 deaths in the Ormoc tragedy in 1990.

The agency also listed 1,613 missing and 23,501 injured from the typhoon. More than 4 million people in at least nine regions in Luzon, Visayas and northern Mindanao have been displaced.

The typhoon’s 305-kilometer-an-hour winds and storm surge also destroyed or damaged more than a million houses, mainly in Eastern Visayas.

Yolanda left more than P22 billion in damage to agriculture and infrastructure.

Some P507 million in relief assistance from the national and local government units have been distributed given to affected families, the NDRRMC said.

ANTHONY VARGAS

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