MANILA (Mabuhay) -– The official government death toll from super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name “Haiyan”) has risen to 1,833, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.
The NDRRMC, in an update issued at 7 a.m. today, said 1,660 of the fatalities were from Eastern Visayas, which includes the provinces of Leyte, Eastern Samar and Samar.
The figure is far lower than the estimated 10,000 deaths reported by local officials in Tacloban City, the area which took the brunt of the the typhoon’s onslaught last Friday.
In an interview with CNN, President Benigno Aquino III said the current working estimate on the death toll is between 2,000 and 2,500. He said there is no clear basis yet for the 10,000 estimated deaths.
Meanwhile, at least 2,623 were injured and 84 remain missing.
At least 7,488 barangays were affected by the typhoon, which virtually wiped out villages in its path.
At least 59,733 families or 286,433 persons are being served inside 993 evacuation centers.
The number of damaged houses, meanwhile, has increased to 149,756 houses (80,047 totally / 69,709 partially).
A total of P761,400,371.89 worth of damage (P199,584,661.13 to infrastructure and P561,815,710.76 to agriculture) were reported in Regions IV-B (MIMAROPA), V (Bicol), VI (Western Visayas), and CARAGA.
Power outage is being experienced on various areas in Palawan, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Northern Samar, and Eastern Samar.
The areas under a state of calamity are Dumangas, Iloilo; Janiuay, Iloilo; and Antique province.
A state of national calamity, on the other hand, was recently declared in Samar provinces, Leyte, Cebu, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, and Palawan.
All airports under Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) control are now operational, except for the heavily damaged Tacloban City Airport which runs on a limited capacity. (MNS)