More than a hundred people were feared dead and dozens of others are missing in the Eastern Visayas region that bore the brunt of Super typhoon Yolanda’s onslaught on Friday as the government rushes aid and relief workers in the region.
The National Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) placed the death toll from the strongest typhoon ever to hit land at four, with seven injured and four missing.
But, radio reports, quoting an official of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), said more than a 100 bodies litter the streets of Tacloban City in Leyte where the howler made landfall Friday morning.
Lt. Jim Alagao, spokesman for the military’s Central Command (Centcom) based in Cebu, said they have received reports from their units in Tacloban City of bodies being found along the roads in the city.
“Just in, reports from our units in Tacloban City… there are numbers of undetermined casualties found along the road… as to the estimate, the reports said that it’s ‘madaming madami’ (too many),” Alagao told defense reporters in a phone interview.
But Alagao cannot confirm the report, saying only the NDRRMC and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) are authorized to give out official figures.
The spokesman said that based on reports from their units, Tacloban was devastated.
“Reports from the area said that Tacloban City is in total devastation and can be considered as a ghost town, no communication signal and no electricity and no means of transportation,” Alagao said.
He said troops in Tacloban are clearing the airport’s runway of debris to allow cargo planes bring in relief goods and supplies to land.
Reports named the fatalities as Enex Deinla 15, who was electrocuted in Masbate; Regie Francisco Bucoy, 2, who was hit by a lightning in Zamboanga City; Jimmy Cabilan, 56, who died of electrocution in Surigao del Sur and Rhandy Cejar, also died of electrocution in Iloilo.
Injured were Angelyn Cuartocruz, John Mar Bilano, Reynaldo Pajueta Sr., Jolen Rey Pajueta, Reynaldo Pajueta Jr, Joelen Pajueta and Molowe Belano while missing were Cecilio Baluntag, Manuelito Casipong, Emmanuel Gonzales, Richard Gonzales.