MANILA – The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said it has so far recovered 1,678 bodies in typhoon-hit Tacloban City.
The BFP said it recovered 84 more bodies on Thursday, 13 days after super typhoon "Yolanda" slammed into central Philippines and killed thousands.
It said the bodies were recovered in Tacloban Metroplitan Arena, Barangays San Jose, Sagkahan and Anibong.
The BFP figure is much higher than the official death toll provided by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), which put the death toll in Tacloban at 694 on Thursday morning.
The NDRRMC follows a stricter process of verifying reports on the counts of fatalities.
In its latest update on Thursday morning, the NDRRMC said the death toll from the super typhoon remains unchanged from its Wednesday figure of 4,011.
At least 18,567 were injured, while 1,602 remain missing, according to the NDRRMC.