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Yolanda death toll up to 5,924

CO. Romeo Ranoco

A month has passed since the howler of typhoon Yolanda swept cities and towns in eastern and central Visayas and the death toll is constantly piling up.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Monday said the fatalities of Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) peaked at 5,924.

President Benigno Aquino III told CNN in an interview a week after Yolanda’s wrath, he estimated the death toll only around 2,000 to 2,500.

But it already surpassed the President’s count and it could jump in the coming days or weeks.

Before a fatality be added to the list of NDRRMC, local officials and health executives have to pass an official record.

The NDRRMC report also stated there are 12.28 million affected by the typhoon.

It also destroyed 1,177,194 houses, 585,134 of which were completely destroyed.

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