A month later, Yolanda death toll nears 6,000
MANILA, Philippines – The death toll of Super Typhoon Yolanda has inched closer to 6,000 with over 1,770 still missing.
The latest tally of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) shows that fatalities have risen to 5,924 and 1,779 still unfound.
A month since the strongest typhoon made landfall in the Visayas on November 8, the government is not done counting. Task Force Cadaver continues to retrieve bodies in Tacloban City, according to task force chief Fire senior superintendent Pablito Cordeta.
Cordeta's team retrieved 2,321 bodies in the hard-hit city.
At least 103,604 persons remain in 136 evacuation centers nationwide. The goverment was taking care of up to 200,000 persons at one point.
The rest of the over 4 million people displaced are staying with relatives and friends.
The cost of damage to infrastructure and agriculture was pegged at P35.5 billion.
About 1.2 million houses were devastated, based on adjusted data from the Department of Social Welfare and Development. At least 585,134 houses were totally damaged. – Rappler.com