After the devastation wrought by Super Typhoon Rai in the Philippines last week, the death toll has risen to 397 and 83 are still missing, according to official figures released yesterday by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council were released.
Nearly 561,500 people have been displaced and 1,147 injured as rescuers from the ground, adding that more than half of those displaced are housed in one of the 1,200 evacuation shelters, where overcrowding was expected to lead to Covid-19 outbreaks.
Typhoon Rai, known locally as Odette, made landfall on December 16 with wind gusts up to 150 miles per hour from east to west, affecting the lives of nearly 4.2 million people, including their homes, infrastructure and agricultural crops.
The Philippine government declared disaster in six districts devastated by the 15th typhoon of the year, which caused damage to property across the country worth Philippine pesos 22 billion (about US$437 million).
The Philippines, one of the most vulnerable countries to natural disasters, is hit by an average of 20 typhoons each year, and Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines in November 2013, killing more than 7,000 people.
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