Manila: The death toll from Typhoon Haiyan, which hit central Philippines on November 8, has reached 5,613 according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). This includes 1,602 missing.
About 3,310 of the fatalities came from Tacloban City, the hardest hit in central Philippines, the NDRRMC said, adding that 18,557 were injured.
About two million families or 10 million people in 10,716 villages and 44 provinces in central Philippines, parts of southern Luzon and southern Philippines were affected by Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Yolanda, the NDRRMC said.
The figure of ten million represents 10 per cent of the country’s population of 100 million.
Damages to farms and infrastructure was estimated at P12 billion (Dh1 billion) in all affected areas, the NDRRMC said.
Typhoon Haiyan toppled 566 transmission towers and poles, and shut down seven electric substations, said the NDRRMC.
Earlier estimates by international agencies put the typhoon death toll at 10,000 in Tacloban City alone.
The body count was based on the number of body bags sent by the health department to central Luzon for retrieval operations in affected areas.