‘Yolanda’ Death Toll hits 6,009 as relief and rehab continue
Baybay City, Leyte/Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City — Secretary Panfilo Lacson is looking at a wide and important role of the private sector in the massive rehabilitation efforts in Eastern Visayas and other areas, where the death toll from super-typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: “Haiyan”) reached over 6,000 yesterday.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that as of yesterday, the number of fatalities has reached 6,009, broken into three in Region 4-A; 19 in Region 4-B; six in Bicol Region; 250 in Western Visayas; 74 in Central Visayas; 5,655 in Eastern Visayas; one in the Zamboanga Peninsula; and one in the Caraga Region.
The NDRRMC report also indicated the number of injured stood at 27,022 while 1,779 remained missing.
The report also showed Yolanda affected 3,424,190 families or 16,076,360 people in 44 provinces.
Of the total affected population, 838,811 families or 3,927,827 people were displaced, of which 20,949 families or 101,646 people are still being served in 383 evacuation centers.
The NDRRMC also said Yolanda totally destroyed 550,904 houses and damaged 588,827 others.
Lacson, in his first visit to this city, since taking on the job as “rehabilitation czar” three days ago, told Baybay City Mayor Carmen L. Cari that a private corporation has vowed to help their city in the rehabilitation efforts.
“Let us take advantage of the generosity of the private sector. A private corporation vowed to help your city as they originated from here where they started their wealth here through their abaca business,” he said.
He also identified a number of private corporations who have vowed to help extend assistance to areas damaged by the super typhoon.
Lacson admitted that he has not only P40 billion as rehab funds because more funds are expected to come in.
He visited various affected towns of Leyte and Samar to assess the rehabilitation works by the national government.