A Chinese humanitarian team helping the relief operations at Tacloban City, Leyte has found out that there are dead bodies floating around on San Juanico Bridge while they were doing an aerial survey.
San Juanico Bridge connects the provinces of Samar and Leyte.
This comes almost a month after typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the Philippines.
City Administrator Atty. Tecson Lim said that the Task Force Retrieval is already on the ground to retrieve the bodies after the report was verified. The team was able to recover no lower than 35 bodies every day. Most of the bodies were found under debris or are floating on the water.
According to the latest report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, the death toll is now at 5,680, with 94 percent or 5,338 coming from the Eastern Visayas. In Tacloban City alone, 2,172 have been reported dead while there are still 737 missing.
Central Visayas has so far recorded 74 deaths while the number of casualties at Western Visayas is at 238.
Recent reports show that the number of missing persons is pegged at around 1,800. Meanwhile, the number of injured individuals is recorded at 26,233 and the number of families affected is at 2.3 million, which totals to 11.2 million individuals. With over 1 million houses damaged or completely destroyed, the total damage equates to more than Php 34 billion.
Foreign teams are also helping in the retrieval and identification of the bodies as representatives from different countries continue to search for citizens that may have been victims of the super typhoon.
Atty. Lim said that the identified bodies will be buried in a mass grave before December 25, Christmas Day. The 1.8 hectare land can accommodate 3,000 bodies and will also serve as a memorial site.
Last Monday, December 2, boxing icon and Saranggani Representative Manny Pacquiao visited the city, giving joy and cheer to the residents.
“Tindog Tacloban (Stand up Tacloban)! I know you can rise again just like me. I also fell down in the past, but, I persevered to stand and rise again,” Pacquiao said to the crowd.
While Pacquiao did not bring any relief to distribute to the people of Tacloban, his mere presence seemed to uplift their spirit.
“Don’t lose hope. As long as we are alive, there is still hope. We can manage to return to live normally just like before. Never forget our God. He will never leave us,” Pacquiao added.