MANILA - The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has formed task forces to fast-track the operations in the delivery of relief goods to the hardest-hit regions by super typhoon Yolanda and to speed up normalization.
The task forces will handle health, peace and order, distribution of food and other relief goods, cadaver recovery and burial, clearing and inspection, and normalization and reconstruction.
They will attend to the needs of at least 1.4 million people in Leyte and Samar provinces.
Their priority is the distribution of food packs to the primary target beneficiary groups, consisting of 275,000 families or approximately 1.4 million individuals in Leyte and Samar provinces. These are also the areas with the most damaged homes numbering about 26,598.
These areas account for almost 94 percent of the recorded fatalities totaling 3,982 as of the latest report of NDRRMC.
Of this number, more than 3,000 are from Tacloban City and the nearby towns of Palo, Tanauan, Tolosa, and Dulag.
Reported injured increased to 18,503 and 1,602 are still missing.
Total cost of damages reached P12 billion.