‘Yolanda’ death toll, injured go up

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MANILA, Nov. 13, 2013—The government-run National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center at Camp Emilio Aguinaldo in suburban Quezon City said 1,833 persons have been reported dead while 2,623 were injured and 84 still missing.

In its 7:00 am update today, NDRRMC Executive Director and Undersecretary Eduardo D. Del Rosario reported around 1,387,446 families or 6,937,299 persons were affected from 7,488 villages in 41 provinces across the country.

The typhoon has displaced some 127,733 families or 582,303 persons who are now staying either in evacuation centers or relatives’ and friends’ homes.  Some 59,733 families (286,433 persons) are in 993 evacuation centers.

Government authorities also reported 80,047 houses were totally destroyed while 69,709 homes were listed as partially damaged.

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines has already opened all airports, while hardest hit Tacloban Airport has limited operations and could only accommodate turbo-prop passenger planes.

“Yolanda” reportedly caused some P761 million in damages to infrastructures and agriculture though no details were made available.  Provinces within Southern Tagalog, MIMAROPA, parts of the Bicol region, Central and Easter Visayas and CARAGA still suffer from power outages.  The entire Negros Oriental has been fully energized.  (Melo M. Acuna)

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