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Philippine Disaster Update – November 11

Posted by feww on November 11, 2013

FIRE-EARTH Models show the extent of typhoon disaster in the Philippines, combined with the impact of other looming events, would drive the country toward collapse!


Nearly 10 million people affected by the deadly Super Typhoon HAIYAN (YOLANDA)

More than 650,000 people have lost their homes, according to the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRMC).

In their latest bulletin issued at 6.00am on November 11, 2013, NDRMC has released the following disaster statistics following the Super Typhoon attack:

  • 255 individuals confirmed dead, 71 injured, 38 missing. [The Philippine military has confirmed the number of dead at 942 with 275 others missing. Senior officials have estimated the death toll at more than 10,000.  FIRE-EARTH Disaster Models estimate the casualties at up to 40,000. ]
  • 2,095, 262 families (9,679,059 persons) have been affected in 7,251 barangays in 471 municipalities and 51 cities in 41 provinces. [There are 80 provinces in the Philippines.]
  • Out of the total affected, some 128,303 families (total of 615,774 persons) have been displaced.
  • The total cost of damage to infrastructure and agriculture is estimated at Ph296,505,629.05, most of which is for the losses and damage to agriculture: Ph257,508,129. [$1 = 43.20 Philippine pesos]

[Some of the figures released by the Council are of course nonsensical because large sections of the disaster zone  remain inaccessible, as of posting. Editor]

People stand among debris and ruins of houses destroyed after Super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 10, 2013. Image Credit REUTERS/Erik De Castro.

Meantime, several municipalities have declared states of calamity, as the Philippines President considers declaring a national state of emergency.

UPDATE [13:30UTC on November 11, 2013 ]

  • President Benigno Aquino has declared a state of national calamity and deployed more than 300 soldiers in Tacloban City to quell looting.
  • Aid agencies say about 3.5 million people directly in the path of the typhoon have been severely affected.
  • More than 2,000 people have been reported as missing in the town Basey, Samar province, according to the provincial governor.
  • “The situation is bad, the devastation has been significant. In some cases the devastation has been total,” a senior politician told reporters.
  • HAIYAN has destroyed up to 90 percent of structures in its path. Some 350,000 homes have been destroyed according to an aid worker. This figure dwarfs the disaster estimates issued by the NDRMC.
  • Dazed survivors are begging for help and scavenging for food, water and medicine on Monday, reported Reuters.
  • “There’s an awful lot of casualties, a lot of people dead all over the place, a lot of destruction,” Richard Gordon, head of the Philippine Red Cross, told the BBC.

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