151 killed by ‘Yolanda’; 4.5M people affected—NDRRMC
MANILA, Philippines – At least 151 people were reported killed, mostly in Leyte, after supertyphoon “Yolanda” pummeled the Philippines with strong winds and rain, the latest government report said on Sunday.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said 72 unidentified bodies were found in Tacloban City and another 46 in the municipality of Palo, both in Leyte. In Eastern Samar, 16 people who are still unidentified were also killed.
Four of the six killed in Capiz were crushed by toppled trees or houses while the other two suffered cardiac arrest while evacuating their houses at the height of the storm.
In Palawan, four men were killed.
Iloilo, Aklan, Masbate and Surigao del Sur each recorded one dead due to electrocution.
A two-year old child was struck by lightning in Zamboanga City on Thursday as the storm intensified and neared Visayas and Mindanao.
A man drowned in Bauan, Batangas while another was hit by a fallen tree in Quezon.
On the other hand, 23 people were reportedly injured while five are still missing.
On Saturday, a Palace official said hundreds of people were likely killed in Leyte after coastal areas such as Palo were struck by storm surges. Similar reports were said of neighboring Tacloban City.
A spokesperson from the Armed Forces of the Philippines said bodies littered the streets and the city was a scene of “total devastation.”
Almost one million families or 4,459,468 people were affected in 1,741 villages in 36 provinces of the country by what is now considered the world’s strongest storm of the year.
Around 400,000 remain in evacuation centers after being displaced by the devastation wrought by the storm.
At least 2,000 houses in Region VI and XI were totally destroyed while 1,409 houses were damaged.
More than 500 passengers are stranded in the sea ports of Puerto Princesa, Albay, Sorsogon, Maasin City and Catbalogan City while the airports of Busuanga, Roxas, Kalibo and Tacloban remain closed.
Meanwhile, power outages were experienced in the provinces of Laguna, Rizal, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, Marinduque, Albay, Masbate, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Cebu, Bohol, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Samar, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur.
Telecommunications were also down in parts of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Cebu, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Samar, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar and Surigao del Norte.
The lack of communication has caused difficulties for the government, especially in the coordination for relief and rescue work. Local governments were also crippled as infrastructure and even officials were affected by the disaster.
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