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Yolanda death toll now at 1,774

AFP photo shows statistics of the damage done by super typhoon Yolanda

The official death toll of the monster typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) that swept through eastern and central Visayas on Friday has reached 1,774 and is feared to climb up to 10,000 as missing victims are being found dead.

In the report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said that 1660 of the deaths are from Region 8.

In western Visayas, 158 were recorded dead while 59 in Central Visayas.

NDRRMC spokesman Maj. Reynaldo Balido, however, still wants to make sure the number is accurate amid reports that 10,000 were killed in Tacloban City alone.

“We want to make sure that casualty reports are accurate. We can only report those with a body count,” he said.

Meanwhile, a United States Marine General on Monday cannot believe what he saw after his troop landed on the devastated region hit by Yolanda.

US Marine Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy said that everything he saw was destroyed or severely damaged.

“We saw bodies everywhere,” he said, adding that some are floating in the water, others in a schoolyard.

“I don’t believe there is a single structure that is not destroyed or severely damaged in some way,” he said.

“I don’t know how else you can describe total devastation,” Kennedy added.

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