Death toll from Philippines Typhoon Rai climbs to 400, more than 60 missing

Typhoon death toll – On Dec. 27, AFP reported the death toll from Typhoon Rai, which hit the central and southern Philippines between Dec. 16 and 17. So far, the number has risen to 388 amid widespread damage still being assessed, including power poles and downed trees. and flooded thousands of houses

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A family whose house was damaged, take shelter under a tree covered with iron sheets along a highway in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte province, on December 24, 2021, days after super Typhoon Rai devastated the city. (Photo by Ferdinandh CABRERA / AFP)

The Philippines’ Civil Service said the death toll could rise as more than 60 people were still missing and hundreds were injured. More than 482,000 houses were damaged. More than 4 million people are affected by state aid, of which 300,000 live in state-provided shelters, while another 200,000 live in relatives’ homes.

The report states that The influence and damage caused by Typhoon Rai has led many Filipinos to compare it to Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 7,300 people in 2013 and holds the record for the worst storm. The best in the history of the country Although the Philippines is a nation that experiences an average of 20 typhoons per year.

A resident gathers wood as he tries to fix his damaged house in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte province, on December 24, 2021, days after super Typhoon Rai devastated the city. (Photo by Ferdinandh CABRERA / AFP)

Rescue operations also face new obstacles, most recently contaminated drinking water that has left at least 140 people ill, 80 of them suffering from severe stomach pains in Capulu Andinagat province. in the south of the country, and 54 others were hospitalized on the island of Siargao. The same is true for Cebu City. Another 16 cases of food poisoning have been reported.

The Philippines Public Health Secretary Maria Rosario Werque said the affected areas were all disaster areas and lacked drinking water. Initially assumed that The water system becomes contaminated due to damaged water pipes.

Catholic faithful attend Christmas mass in their destroyed church in Alegria, Surigao del Norte province on December 25, 2021, more than a week after Super Typhoon Rai devastated the province. – More than a week after the typhoon cut a swathe through the archipelago, killing nearly 400 people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless, survivors clung to family and faith after their homes — and planned festivities — were wiped out. (Photo by Ferdinandh CABRERA / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY Philippines-weather-Christmas by Ron LOPEZ

More than 141 hospitals and clinics were damaged by Typhoon Rai’s influence, of which only 30 were renovated. including the coronavirus vaccine 2019 or COVID-19, more than 4,000 doses that must be wasted

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