• Yolanda death toll now at 5,680: NDRRMC

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    The death toll from super typhoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan) rose to 5,680 while the missing persons almost reach 1,800, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Tuesday.

    The death toll is broken into as follows: Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon provinces), 3; Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), 19; Bicol, 6; Western Visayas, 238; Central Visayas, 74; Eastern Visayas, 5,338; Zamboanga Peninsula, 1; and Caraga, 1.

    The NDRRMC also said the missing persons also rose to 1,779 and the people injured remain at 26,233.

    At least 2,376,210 families or 11,236,014 individuals were affected in 12,075 villages in 44 provinces. Of these, 28,371 families or 125,225 people are still staying in 426 evacuation centers.

    Damage caused by Yolanda was still estimated at P34.366 billion, including P17.333 billion in infrastructure and P17.033 billion in agriculture.

    The NDRRMC said the number of destroyed houses has reached 1,180,837 including 587,035 destroyed and 593,802 damaged.

    The NDRRMC also said that as of Dec. 2, Department of Social and Welfare Development (DSWD) reported that for the target of 273,782 families displaced they have distributed 2.2 million food packs, 294,314 liters of water, 67,673 canned goods and 244,444 high energy biscuits in Region 8.

    As of Dec. 2, Department of Health (DOH) has recorded that 43,604 individuals were given consultations and treatment, 4,548 individuals were given measles immunization, and 8,277 given tetanus toxoid vaccination.

    It added that total cost of government assistance for the affected families has reached at P857.434 million.

    The DSWD has allocated 640 million; local government units, P83 million; C, P78.018 million; and non-governmental organizations/other government organizations, P55.250 million.

    Meanwhile, the NDRRMC said 35,276 people, 1,351 vehicles, 112 seacraft, 164 aircraft and 28,431 other assets/equipment from the national and local agencies have been deployed to strategic areas to expedite response and medical operations. PNA

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