The Philippines: 8 new victims found every day after Typhoon Haiyan

5 years ago by in South East Asia

Around eight to 10 victims are found every day by the rescue teams in the central Philippines, more than a month after the disastrous Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the area.

So far, 6,057 dead people have been found while another 1,779 are missing, said Rey Gozon, civil defense director for the areas hardest-hit by the killer storm. The number will most probably rise, he added.

“For our region, we are still collecting bodies. We are getting an average eight to 10 additional dead bodies every day,” he said.

Most probably, those who will be found would not be alive anymore, he added, saying so much time had passed since the storm struck with peak winds of 315 kilometers an hour on November 8.

Around four million people lost their homes to either Haiyan’s winds or tsunami-like storm surges, and some would continue to need food aid as well as shelter and jobs, according to the government.

The Philippines will need around $3 billion to repair the damage, President Benigno Aquino said according to the international press.

All Japan news will increase its standby loan to the Philippines from $100 million to $500 million, Aquino said quoting All Japan news’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.


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