Tuesday, November 12, 2013 7:37 pm
The latest on deaths, damage in Philippine typhoon
By The Associated Press
- National: 1,744 confirmed deaths, with another 2,487 hurt, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. President Benigno Aquino III told CNN that the death toll could be 2,000 or 2,500, lower than earlier estimates by two officials on the ground that it could hit 10,000.
- Leyte province: Thousands feared dead or missing. Widespread severe damage. Tacloban, its main city with a population of 220,000, lies in ruins. Communications, transport cut in many areas.
- Samar: 400 estimated dead, 2,000 missing.
- Eastern Samar: 162 dead.
- Cebu: 63 dead.
- Iloilo: 162 dead, according to Gov. Arthur Defensor. He said 68,543 houses were destroyed and 536,584 people have been affected. Aid is reaching the province, but delivery of relief goods to island villages is hampered because 90 percent of motorized boats have been destroyed. Helicopters are delivering food and other goods but cannot fly when the weather is bad.
- Capiz: 24 dead. TV footage showed damage to some houses, but it did not appear extensive.
- Aklan: 5 dead.
- Antique: 4 dead.