120 bodies found floating on San Juanico Strait

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 03 2013 06:45 PM | Updated as of Dec 04 2013 05:09 PM

TACLOBAN CITY -- Around 120 bodies were found floating on San Juanico Strait in Tacloban City, Leyte.

According to City Administrator Atty. Tecson Lim, they received this report from a Chinese humanitarian team who did an aerial survey.

Task Force Retrieval has verified the report and has deployed a team to retrieve the bodies.

According to Lim, they recover no less than 35 bodies every day, most of which were buried under debris or are floating on bodies of water in Tacloban.

A foreign team has also recovered ten bodies, and they are still identifying the nationality of each body.

Representatives from different embassies are still looking for some of their citizens who have been missing since the typhoon hit the city.

A total of 2,172 have been reported dead in Tacloban City and 737 are missing.

The city aims to transfer all identified bodies in the permanent burial site before Christmas Day. This site will also serve as a memorial site for all the victims.

With a size of 1.8 hectares, the site can accommodate 3,000 bodies.

As of Tuesday morning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction ang Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that a total of 5,680 have died due to typhoon 'Yolanda'. -- with reports from Dennis Datu