MANILA – The official government death toll from super typhoon "Yolanda" (international name "Haiyan") has risen to 255, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.
NDRRMC spokesperson major Rey Balido Jr. said that as of 6 a.m. today, 169 have been confirmed dead in Eastern Visayas; 38 in Western Visayas; and 37 in Central Visayas.
At least 5 died in MIMAROPA; 2 each in Bicol Region and CALABARZON; and one each in Zamboanga Peninsula and Caraga.
The figure is far lower than the reported 10,000 deaths as a cause of the super typhoon's onslaught.
Balido explained that NDRRMC's figure is based on confirmed reports on the ground.
Meanwhile, at least 71 were injured due to the typhoon and 38 remain missing.
Balido said the military is also set to conduct an aerial survey of the devastated province of Eastern Samar, where the typhoon made its first landfall.
The aerial survey aims to determine the extent of the damage the province sustained from the typhoon and whether the province can already be accessed.
The military also plans to do aerial drops of relief goods for trapped residents who may already be starving. – report from Jon Ibañez, dzMM