• Yolanda death toll reaches 1,563 in E. Visayas

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    TACLOBAN CITY: The Department of Health (DOH) in its monitoring has recorded 1,563 dead bodies recovered from various areas n Eastern Visayas due to super typhoon “Yolanda.”

    Most of these bodies were recovered from the provinces of Leyte and Eastern Samar, Tacloban City and town of Basey in Samar.

    Dr. Gloria Fabregas, DOH in-charge of the retrieval of cadavers, said that other provinces are yet to report about the situation in their respective areas.

    Meanwhile, Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez said that retrieval of dead bodies is now a priority of the city government.

    “That’s what we are doing now. We have 138 barangays and most barangays have reported more than a hundred dead,” he said.

    The problem, however, Romualdez said was that “heavy equipment are not coming in because some of the roads are still not accessible.” “Reports that there are only 70 dead here, that’s a stupid report, very inaccurate. Maybe 70 that’s in one barangay,” the mayor said.

    He added that there is now a shortage of body bags for dead bodies, even as the city government is already mulling for a mass burial.

    A site has been identified for the mass burial, Mayor Romualdez said.

    On the other hand, an information desk has been set up for those who inquire of missing persons. To date 43 inquiries have already been recorded. PNA

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