THE death toll from Super Typhoon Yolanda has risen to 5,500 but only 512 of the victims were identified.
Maj. Reynaldo Balido, spokesman of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Wednesday that the death count rose following the recovery of 260 bodies—207 from Tacloban City, 46 from Leyte-Samar and seven from Eastern Samar.
The number of missing persons also went up to 1,757 from 1,613. The 144 increase were all from Tacloban, which was the worst hit area in Eastern Visayas.
The number of injured surged to 26,615.
Of the 5,500 dead, 4,988 remain unidentified.
Eastern Visayas police commander Chief Supt. Elmer Soria got the ire of President Benigno Aquino 3rd for saying that Yolanda may have claimed at least 10,000 lives.
President Aquino said in an interview over CNN that Soria’s estimate was too high, and that 2,500 was a more realistic figure.
Soria was eventually relieved of his command and reassigned to the Office of the Chief Philippine National Police in Camp Crame.
In a radio interview on Wednesday, Roxas said Soria can get back his old post once he completed his stress debriefing and once is declared fit to resume his duty.
Roxas said there’s a big chance Soria will be reinstated because of his exemplary record as a police officer.