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Yolanda death toll rises

The death toll from super typhoon Yolanda in Western Visayas rose to 318 with 53 still missing, more than two months after it ravaged the region, especially northern Iloilo and Negros, a report of the Police Regional Office 6 said.

The province of Iloilo has the highest number of fatalities with 216, Capiz – 73, Aklan – 14, Antique – 13 and in Negros Occidental – 2.

PRO6 records also showed that there are 1,430 injured persons as of now.

The Office of the Civil Defense 6 meanwhile, reported P13.4 billion in damage to infrastructure, agricultural and fisheries.

Chief Supt. Josephus Angan, regional police director of Western Visayas, said they have launched “Pamilyang Nawalay, PNP Mag-uugnay”, a program with the objective of reconnecting families isolated by typhoon Yolanda.

At least 620,311 families composed of 2,842,361 individuals in the region were affected by the typhoon.

On Wednesday, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental passed a resolution approving the request of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. for authority to sign the deed of donation to be executed by the Development Bank of the Philippines in favor of the provincial government on the cash donation of P500,000 for the relocation and house construction of Yolanda victims in the province.*GPB

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