Death toll from typhoon Haiyan in Philippines tops 4,000

Typhoon-haiyan

Death toll from typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) breached the 4,000 level, the Philippine disaster agency said Wednesday.

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Eduardo del Rosario said that 4,011 people perished from the super typhoon that struck the country, particularly in Eastern Visayas region, on Nov. 8.

The number of those who were reported injured also rose to 18, 557 while 1,602 people have remained missing, he said.

The cost of damage to properties was estimated at 12 billion pesos (275 million U.S. dollars).

Some 2.15 million families or nearly 10 million people were affected in 10,718 villages in 44 provinces. Of the affected population, 4.4 million were displaced and being served inside and outside the evacuation centers.

Of the total cost of damage, Del Rosario said 1.79 billion pesos (41 million U.S. dollars) came from infrastructure and 10.45 billion pesos (239.6 million U.S. dollars) from agriculture in seven regions of the country.

The government and nongovernment organizations have extended 387 million pesos (8.87 million dollars) worth so relief assistance to the affected families.

Xinhua

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