‘Yolanda’ death toll jumps to 5,680
The death toll from supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) which pummeled Visayas last November 8 has risen to 5,680, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Tuesday morning.
The number of people injured remained at 26,233 while the number of people missing climbed to 1,779 from 1,759 reported Monday.
According to NDRRMC’s “Situation Report No. 51: Effects of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan),” 19 were dead in Palawan, two in Quezon, one in Batangas, four in Masbate, one in Albay, one in Camarines Norte, 135 in Iloilo, 14 in Aklan, 74 in Capiz, 13 in Antique, two in Negros Occidental, 73 in Cebu, one in Bohol, 265 in Eastern Samar, 4,843 in Leyte, 224 in Samar, six in Biliran, one in Zamboanga City, and one in Surigao del Sur.
Three people were reported injured in Quezon, one in Batangas, 61 in Palawan, 10 in Camarines Sur, five in Masbate, six in Sorsogon, 147 in Antique, six in Guimaras, 132 in Capiz, 83 in Aklan, 12 in Iloilo, 84 in Negros Occidental, 348 in Cebu, 14,820 in Leyte, 8,018 in Eastern Samar, 2,378 in Samar, 118 in Biliran, and one in Zamboanga City.
Four are still missing in Iloilo, 24 in Palawan, one in Guimaras, 15 in Antique, one in Capiz, five in Cebu, 20 in Eastern Samar, 1,671 in Leyte, and 38 in Samar.
The number of people affected in 44 provinces and 57 cities in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Davao, and Caraga regions is now at 2.376 million families or 11.236 million people.
A total of 871,718 families or 4.015 million people were displaced, of which 28,371 families or 125,225 people are still in 426 evacuation centers.
The cost of damage to agriculture and infrastructure remained at P34.367 billion.
Farm damage accounted for P17.033 billion while infrastructure damage totaled to P17.333 billion.
The crops subsector which includes rice, corn, and high value crops suffered the biggest loss at P6.989 billion.
Damage to fisheries, meanwhile, totaled to P5.964 billion.
Production damage to livestock has reached P2.216 billion.
Losses from irrigation facilities and other agricultural infrastructure amounted to P212.7 million and P1.65 billion, respectively.
Road damage was pegged at P14.482 billion; flood control at P230.393 million; health facilies at P310.897 million; and schools at P2.31 billion.
The number of damaged houses rose to 1.181 million, nearly half of which were totally destroyed.
Operations in Tacloban airport are still limited.
The Port of Tacloban, as reported, has been taken over by the Philippine Ports Authority.
Meanwhile, a total of 16 barges have been operating and travelling from Matnog, Sorsogon Port to Allen, Northern Samar.
Seacrafts from Bulan Port, Sorsogon are now taking off to Allen, Northern Samar. These are solely for mercy missions.
To date, power outage is still being experienced in some provinces and municipalities of Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, and Eastern Visayas.
Based on the latest inspection of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), a total of 1,959 transmission facilities have been damaged.
Since November 22, electricity has already been restored in Ormoc City, Leyte and in the municipalities of Anilao, Banate, Barotac Viejo, and Ajuy, all of which are in Iloilo.
The supply of water in Leyte is sufficient, as of November 15.
Metro Roxas Water District and Municipal Water District in Roxas, Capiz have already resumed its services but its supply is still limited.
NDRRMC also said that 40 percent of the municipal water districts in Antique and 70 percent in Iloilo are now operational.
Water supply in system in Busuanga is already functional while Coron is still implementing its rationing system.
Globe Telecom cellular services have been restored in Borongan, Eastern Samar, Isabel and Palo in Leyte; Lavezares, Rosario, San Jose, and Lope de Vega in Northern Samar; Hinunangan, Limasawa, and Sogod in Southern Leyte; San Sebastian and Pagsanghan in Western Samar; Culasi and Laua-an in Antique; Dumarao, Capiz; and Daanbantayan, Cebu.
Smart Communications cellular services have already been restored in Leyte, Capiz, Cebu, Bohol, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental.
Last November 11, President Aquino has declared a state of national calamity through Presidential Proclamation No. 682.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health, non-government units, and local government units, to date, have provided a total of P857.434 million worth of relief assistance.
A total of 35,276 personnel, 1,351 vehicles, 112 seacrafts, 164 aircrafts and 28,361 other equipment from national and local agencies, responders, and volunteer groups were prepositioned and deployed in various areas to facilitate response operations.