The death toll of supertyphoon ‘Yolanda’ has now soared to 3633 on Saturday morning, and is expected to get higher as days pass by, the NationalDisaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.
The number has exceeded President Aquino’s projection of only 2,000 to 2,500 fatalities.
The NDRRMC also said in its 8 a.m. update that there are still 1,179 people missing, 12,487 hurt and two million people displaced.
The strongest typhoon to make landfall also has caused P9.46 billion in damage while affecting 1,962,898 families or 9,073,804 people in 9,303 villages in 44 provinces.
Of the displaced victims, 86,909 families or 422,290 people are in 1,142 evacuation centers.
The NDRRMC also said that the damage done by Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) reached P9,460,240,222.13, including P371,058,761.13 in infrastructure and P9,089,181,461 in agriculture.
On the other hand, NDRRMC Executive Director Eduardo Del Rosario released a gag order in providing information regarding the fatalities of the typhoon.
Del Rosario explained that the gag order is for all government agencies because only the NDRRMC has the authority to release the number of deaths, missing, and injured.
The gag order was released after the United Nations Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) said that the fatalities reached 4,500.
Meanwhile, the Malacañang Palace has no idea on how the United Nations got number 4,000 fatalities, when the official announcement should come from the NDRRMC.