• ‘Yolanda’ deaths soar past 3,000 mark

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    The number of deaths from Super typhoon “Yolanda” has exceeded 3,000.

    The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the official death toll as of Sunday was 3,681, while the number of affected persons has reached 10 million.

    The deaths were recorded in Calabarzon (2), Mimaropa (5), Bicol (5), Western Visayas (161), Central Visayas (74), Eastern Visayas (3,432), Zamboanga Peninsula (1) and Caraga (1).

    The NDRRMC said 12,544 were injured while 1,186 are still missing.

    The agency also said 2,178,156 families or 10,154,357 people were affected in 10,276 villages in 44 provinces.

    Of these, 836, 612 families or 3,946,146 people are staying in 1,530 evacuation centers.

    The damage was placed at P10,339,290,061, with P9,089,181,461 in agriculture and the rest in infrastructure.

    To date power outage is still experience in some provinces and municipalities in Regions 4-B, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

    The NDRRMC also said that based on National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) latest inspection, 566 transmission towers and poles are either leaning or toppled and seven substations were still out.

    The local governments in Capiz, Iloilo and the municipality of Barbaza in Antique still have no water supply, while the water supply in Leyte is sufficient as of Nov. 15.

    The cost of assistance for the affected families is estimated at more than P119 million.

    The Department of Social and Welfare Development (DSWD) has allocated P42 million to relief efforts; local government units (LGUs), P36.7 million; Department of Health (DOH), P13.4 million; and non-governmental organizations/other government organizations, P26.9 million.

    RITCHIE A. HORARIO

     

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