Yolanda death count update now at 5,936


MANILA, Dec. 10 — The death toll from super typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) rose to 5,936 while the affected persons have reached 12 million, the national disaster council said on Tuesday.

The running total of the death toll is broken into at the Calabarzon, 3; Mimaropa, 19; Bicol, 6; Western Visayas, 250; Central Visayas, 74; Eastern Visayas, 5,582; Zamboanga Peninsula, 1; and Caraga,1.

The council also said 27,002 people were injured while 1,779 remain missing.

At least 2,615,794 families or 12,355,680 individuals were affected in 12,122 villages in 44 provinces, displacing 883,185 families or 4,056,271 people.

Of those displaced, 21,379 families or 103,604 individuals are still staying in 386 evacuation centers.

Damage caused by Yolanda was estimated at P35.527 billion, including P18.206 billion in infrastructure and P17.321 billion in agriculture.

The number of destroyed houses has reached 1,192,093 including 593,787 destroyed and 598,306 damaged.

Total cost of government assistance for the affected families has reached P1.046 billion.

The DSWD has allocated 751 million; local government units, P115 million; Department of Health, P121 million; and non-governmental organizations/other government organizations, P56 million.

The disaster office also said that the task force food and water have started localized repacking to minimize security demand while DSWD continues its food assistance until Dec. 31 and will consider alternative assistance afterwards such as the food-for-work program.

Meanwhile, 35,381 people, 1,351 vehicles, 112 seacraft, 163 aircraft and 28,361 other assets/equipment from the national and local agencies have been deployed to strategic areas to expedite response and medical operations. (PNA)

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