Rescuers carry an injured person in New Bataan town of Compostela Valley Province, the Philippines, on Dec. 6, 2012. Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III vowed Thursday to come up with a new system and mechanism on how to minimize casualties whenever a natural calamity hits the country. Aquino made the statement when he expressed disappointment on the huge number of fatalities and missing persons due to Typhoon Bopha (local name Pablo) that hit southern Philippines badly. (Xinhua/JEMA)
MANILA, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Death toll in the Philippines due to Typhoon Bopha (local name Pablo) has continued to rise to 418 based on the latest data released Friday by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
NDRRMC Executive Director Benito Ramos said Friday that of the reported deaths, only 73 cadavers were identified, while most of the unidentified victims came from southern Philippine province of Compostela Valley.
There were 383 people who were still missing, he added.
Almost 65,000 families or about 310,000 individuals were still being served inside and outside the evacuation centers.
The total damages incurred due to Bopha already reached to over 4 billion pesos (about 97 million U.S. dollars): around 631 million pesos for infrastructure, 3.4 billion pesos for agriculture, and 5.4 million pesos for private properties.
MANILA, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) appealed Thursday for more funds to support relief and recovery efforts for thousands of victims of Typhoon Bopha in southern Philippines.
The IFRC is hoping to raise 3.7 million euros to help the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) support 10,000 families displaced by Bopha. The money will be used to provide immediate food and non- food relief items to the victims and finance their recovery through providing water and sanitation systems, cash grants to help restore livelihoods, and materials to rebuild homes. Full story