• Yolanda death toll still rising

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    As more bodies are being recovered, the death toll due to super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) is continuously rising over a month after it pounded the Visayas region.

    The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Sunday reported that the death toll because of Yolanda is already at 6,109.

    Majority of the fatalities— 5,755—came from Eastern Visayas, which was severely devastated by the super typhoon.

    NDRRMC reported that other fatalities came from Calabarzon region (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon provinces), 3; Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), 19; Bicol, 6; Western Visayas, 250; Central Visayas, 74; Zamboanga Peninsula, 1; and Caraga,1.

    The NDRRMC also said 27,665 people have been injured while 1,779 remain missing. It added that at least 3,424, 593 families or 16, 078, 181 people in 12,139 villages in 44 provinces were affected by Yolanda. Displaced families are at 890, 895 or a total of 4, 095, 280 people.

    Of those displaced, 20,949 families or 101,527 people are still staying in 381 evacuation centers.

    The NDRRMC said the number of affected houses has reached 1,140,332—550,928 destroyed and 589,404 damaged.

    The damage caused by Yolanda was still estimated at P36.662 billion, including P18.268 billion in infrastructure and P18.354 billion in agriculture.

    NDRRMC said that the total cost of government assistance for the affected families has reached P1.218 billion.

    The Department of Social and Welfare Development (DSWD) has allocated P867 million; local government units (LGUs), P116 million; Department of Health (DOH), P177 million; and non-governmental organizations/other government organizations, P56 million. RITCHIE A. HORARIO

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