‘Yolanda’ death toll rises to 6,155
December 30, 2013
Manila, Philippines — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported yesterday that the death toll from super-typhoon “Yolanda” had increased to 6,155, almost two months since the monster storm brought massive devastation to central Philippines.
The latest data released by the NDRRMC showed that the addition to the number of fatalities came from Iloilo province.
The NDRRMC said among the causes of death of the victims were drowning, hit by debris/fallen tree, cardiac/cardio-pulmonary arrest, pneumonia, stroke, and multi-organ failure.
Meanwhile, the number of missing also slightly went up from 1,779 to 1,785. The addition to the list of those who remained unaccounted for also came from Iloilo, according to the NDRRMC.
The number of injured stood at 28,626.
The NDRRMC report also showed no changes on the cost of damage, which remained at P36.690 billion, with P18,336,576,627.39 for infrastructure and P18,354,305,869.88 for agriculture in regions 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and CARAGA.
The super-typhoon, which made several landfalls on Nov. 8, affected 3,424,593 families or 16,078,181 people in 57 provinces.
Of the total affected population, 890,895 families or 4,095,280 people were displaced, some of whom are still being served in evacuation centers.
Yolanda also affected 1,140,332 houses, of which 550,928 were totally destroyed, while 589,404 were partially damaged.
To date, at least P1,218,237,144.14 worth of relief assistance has been provided to the affected families by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DoH), and local government units (LGUs).
Meanwhile, some 300 South Korean Army doctors and engineers were deployed starting Saturday in Leyte towns badly devastated by “Yolanda.”
The South Koreans arrived Friday aboard a Korean Air 747 jet at the Mactan Benito Ebuen air Base in Lapu-Lapu City.
They will conduct rehabilitation works in communities recovering from “Yolanda” in the towns of Palo, Tolosa and Tanauan in Leyte.
Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Lee Hyuk said 229 members of the South Korean Navy are also on their way to the Philippines on board a Korean Navy ship.
Lee said the presence of Korean soldiers is part of the long history of friendship and cooperation between the Philippines and his country.
He recalled that in the 1950s war between South Korea and North Korea, the Philippines helped by sending 7,500 soldiers, 112 of whom were killed. (With a report from PNA)