MANILA, Philippines– The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that the number of fatalities from the super typhoon Yolanda increased and reached up to 6,069 as of this morning.

Photo credits to Philippine Star
Photo credits to Philippine Star

NDRRMC also said that affected families reached 3,424,593 or 16,078,181 people in 12,139 villages in 44 provinces wherein 1,779 people are still missing while 27,468 were injured in Yolanda’s wake.

The damage caused by Yolanda remained at P35, 547,986,330.67 including P17, 321,150,996.38 in agriculture and P18, 226,835,334.29 in infrastructure.

At least 890,895 families or 4,095,280 people were displaced wherein 20,949 families or 101,527 people are still staying in 381 evacuation centers.  Besides, 550,928 houses were destroyed and damaged 589,404 others.

Moreover, at least P1, 163,480,956.23 worth of relief assistance had been extended to affected families.

Meanwhile, NDRRMC task force will likely be working over the Christmas holiday to recover more bodies more bodies.

“We can’t say if there are still many bodies to be recovered. What we know is they find bodies every day,” Maj. Rey Balido, NDRRMC spokesperson said.

Relief assistance

NDRRMC’s report states that as of Tuesday, 35,417 personnel, 118 sea craft, 163 aircraft, and 1,351 vehicles were deployed to typhoon-stricken areas to facilitate the delivery of relief aid.

DSWD also reported that local donations have reached P60.12 million while foreign donations coursed through the government have come up to $14.96 million (about P659.67 million).

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement that the Philippine ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) received cash donations amounting to $5,000 (about P220,425) and 30.35 million Indonesian rupiah for the victims of the super typhoon from the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) to ASEAN and ASEAN’s Dialogue Partners.

DFA also said that  The United Nations (UN) Staff Associations in Myanmar handed over $4,756 (about P209,668) to the Philippine Embassy in Yangon as donation.

In a separate statement, DFA said that the Philippine embassy in Guangzhou, China has received donations worth RMB 50,000 (P355,000) to help the typhoon victims get back on their feet.

“The group expressed their deep sympathy to the Philippines through the Embassy for the devastation and damages caused by the typhoon in the lives and properties of millions of Filipinos,” DFA stated.

In a speech on Sunday, President Benigno Aquino III said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told him that Tokyo would be increasing its typhoon reconstruction standby loan to the Philippines from $100 million to $500 million.

“This is on top of a $66 million grant already provided by Japan for immediate typhoon relief,” Aquino said.

In the central island of Leyte which suffered the worst damage from the storm, 1,200 Japanese soldiers had provided relief aid including food, water and medical care.

Moreover, other multilateral and official aid agencies and private organizations have also been active in the storm-ravaged area where garbage and debris still litter the streets and the stench of death bodies lingers in the air.

In Sunday, members of the Taiwan-based Tzu Chi Foundation handed out financial aid to residents of Tacloban City to be used in repairing their homes and rebuilding their lives.

One of the Yolanda survivors named Angeline Asoy, 31, a housewife with six children whose home was washed out by the storm, burst into tears when she received a blanket and 15,000 pesos ($340) from the Buddhist charity group.

“We will use the money in buying materials to build a new house,” she said.