Philippine Typhoon Deaths Reach 902

Manila, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) The Philippine authorities asserted on Thursday that the number of deaths caused by typhoon Bopha increased to 902, while rescue workers and international organizations search for more corpses and assist thousands of victims.

According to a report by the National Risk Disaster Reduction and Management Council, the number of wounded people reached 1,947 in central and southern areas of the archipelago and the number of victims was estimated at 5.4 million.

The report specified that the evacuation centers have capacity to shelter just 100,000 of the 778,000 homeless people.

In the rescue works during Thursday early morning, 296 sailors thought to be missing were surprisingly found alive, because the companies they worked for had lost contact with the ships anchored in southern Mindano waters for one week.

The government affirmed that around 30 provinces were affected by Bopha, the worst typhoon of the season that concluded in November, which destroyed more than 57,000 houses and caused damage to 70,000 others. Meanwhile, the damage to the infrastructure is equivalent to more than $260 million US.

Thus, Philippine President Benigno Aquino declared national state of calamity during the weekend to speed up the use of the official funds, grant loans at preferential interests and control food prices.