• ‘Yolanda’ death toll expected to rise: NDRRMC


    Although it has yet to be confirmed that scores drowned after a storm surge hit Tacloban, Leyte, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Saturday announced that the death toll for super typhoon “Yolanda” has now started to climb with the number of confirmed dead placed around four Saturday.

    It said the latest fatality was Rhandy Cejar, 56, of Calinog in Iloilo.

    The latter died of electrocution. The NDRRMC’s list of fatalities includes those whose deaths confirmed by the Department of Health.

    At least four were missing, and were identified as Cecilito Baluntag (Cebu), Manuelito Casipong, 35, Emmanuel Gonzales, and Richard Gonzales (Quezon).

    The NDRRMC also said “Yolanda” affected 161,973 families or 792,018 people, who were preemptively evacuated to 812 evacuation centers in 37 provinces.

    At least five roads in Bicol and Eastern Visayas were not passable.

    Classes in private and public schools at all levels were suspended Saturday in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon.

    Around 3,398 passengers, 76 vessels, 743 rolling cargoes and eight motor bancas were stranded in Southern Luzon, Bicol and Visayas, and even in Zamboanga and Jolo.

    Power was restored in parts of Sibulan and Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental and in Siquijor, Siquijor. PNA


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