• Yolanda death toll inching toward 6,000

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    The number of deaths from Super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) is still rising even as the government prepares for a massive rehabilitation effort in the areas Yolanda devastated.

    On Saturday morning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) placed the number of typhoon fatalities at 5,632.

    The council also listed 26,136 people injured and 1,756 missing.

    The typhoon affected 2.335 million families or 11 million individuals in more than 12,000 villages in 44 provinces in at least nine regions in Central Philippines, the council said.

    It said typhoon damage was P30.6 billion, with P15.6 billion in infrastructure and P14.9 billion in agriculture.

    The cost of assistance extended to affected families was placed at P708 million, with P539 million coming from the national government, P80 million from local government units and P55.25 million from private organizations.

    President Aquino 3rd has directed Cabinet officials to start preparing a recovery and action plan for the rebuilding of areas that were ravaged by the Yolanda.

    ANTHONY VARGAS

     

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