MANILA (Mabuhay) – The death toll from super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) climbed further to 5,500 as of Wednesday morning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.
In its 6 a.m. update, the NDRRMC also said 26,136 people were injured while 1,757 remain missing.
At least 2,177,863 families or 9,927,335 people were affected in 11,939 villages in 44 provinces. Of these, 48,655 families or 225,922 people are staying in 1,069 evacuation centers.
Damage caused by Yolanda was still estimated at P24,539,251,407.26, including P13,182,975,034 in infrastructure and P11,356,276,373.26 in agriculture.
However, the NDRRMC noted an increase in the number of damaged houses, including 574,392 destroyed and 575,137 damaged.
It also said power outages are still being experienced in parts of Mimaropa, Bicol, and the entire Visayas.
Meanwhile, the NDRRMC said 34,546 people, 1,336 vehicles, 111 seacraft, and 162 aircraft are deployed to strategic areas to expedite response and medical operations.
This included 1,996 personnel for medical operations and 32,550 for response and other operations.
Yolanda struck the central Philippines on November 8, the second super typhoon to hit the country this year.
It is also the world’s strongest typhoon of 2013 and is ranked fourth in the world’s list of strongest typhoons. (MNS)