MANILA, Philippines – The official death toll from super typhoon “Yolanda” remained at 6,069 since December 17, Tuesday, based on the latest update from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
The death toll is stuck at 6, 6069 even as retrieval operations continue in areas ravaged by by the super typhoon.
According to NDRMMC’s report, majority of the fatalities were from Eastern Visayas at 5,715 (5,220 in Leyte; 265 in Eastern Samar; 224 in Samar; and 6 in Biliran).
The number of missing remains at 1,779: 1,671 in Leyte; 38 in Samar; 24 in Palawan; 20 in Eastern Samar; 15 in Antique; 5 in Cebu; 4 in Iloilo and 1 each in Capiz and Guimaras.
Meanwhile, 2,454 bodies have yet to be identified in Tacloban.
‘Yolanda’ affected 3,424,593 families or 16,078,181 people in 12,139 villages in 44 provinces were affected, while 890,895 families or 4,095,280 people were displaced. Of those displaced, 20,949 families or 101,527 people are still staying in 381 evacuation centers.
Furthermore, at least 550,928 homes were totally destroyed while 598,404 houses were partially damaged.
Relief aid from the government
Total cost of government assistance for the affected families has reached P1.185 billion.
The Department of Social and Welfare and Development has allocated P867 million; local government units, P116 million; the Department of Health, P144 million; and non-governmental organizations, P56 million.
The NDRRMC said 35,463 people, 1,351 vehicles, 118 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.
Meanwhile, foreign aid pledges have reached P22, 980,024,654.55 (P 3,641,625,066.60 cash and P19, 338,399,587.95 non-cash) according to the government’s Foreign Aid Transparency Hub.
On the other hand, NDRRMC stated damage to agriculture was at least at P18,354,305,869.88, which includes P7,634,314,370.29 in crops; P5,964,666,346.39, in fisheries; and P2,890,222,123.22 in livestock.
Moreover, damage to infrastructure was estimated at P18, 268,506,627.39, including roads/bridges and other structures amounting to P14, 523,925,177.39.