'Yolanda' deaths now at 5,560
MANILA – The official death toll from super typhoon "Yolanda" is now at 5,560, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (NDRRMC) said.
In its 6 a.m. Thursday update, the NDRRMC said 57 more have been confirmed dead in the worst-hit city of Tacloban in Leyte; and 4 more in Palo town.
A breakdown provided by the NDRRMC on Wednesday said there were 1,932 fatalities in Tacloban and 1,085 in Palo. However, these figures on Thursday rose to 1,989 and 1,089, respectively, accounting for an increase in the death toll of 61, not 60 as stated in NDRRMC's summary.
Majority of the fatalities came from Eastern Visayas at 5,241 (4,746 in Leyte; 265 in Eastern Samar; 224 in Samar; and 5 in Biliran).
The NDRRMC said 11 bodies in Merida town 2 in Julita have been identified.
The death toll from the super typhoon is expected to rise further as 1,757 remain missing: 1,668 in Leyte; 38 in Samar; 20 in Eastern Samar; 14 in Antique; 6 in Capiz; 5 in Cebu; 4 in Iloilo and 1 each in Guimaras and Capiz.
The NDRRMC said at least 26,136 were wounded after the typhoon crashed into central Philippines last November 8.
At least 2,317,553 families or 10,884,242 individuals were affected. Some 3,541,997 have been displaced by the typhoon, 225,911 of whom are still being served inside evacuation centers.
The NDRRMC said the Philippines lost P13,182,975,034 worth of infrastructures, and P11,356,276,373.26 worth of agricultural products.
It said Regions IV-A, IV-B, V, VI, VII, VIII, and CARAGA lost PhP5,168,997,352.20 worth of crops; P2,184,011,881.00 livestock; P2,161,634,28.06 fisheries; P212,700,000.00 irrigation facilities; and P1,628,932,860.00 agricultural infrastructures.
The typhoon totally destroyed 585,440 homes and partially damaged 587,973 homes.
A total of P558,337,156.62 worth of relief assistance has been provided to the affected families in Regions IV-A, IV-B, V, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI, and CARAGA by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH) local government units, and non-government organizations.
Foreign aid pledges, meanwhile, have reached P18,186,240,520.80, according to the government's Foreign Aid Transparency Hub (FAiTH).