Manila: The number of deaths in the Philippines caused by typhoon Haiyan jumped to 1,833, with the initial cost of damage increasing to $17.4 million, a government official said Wednesday.

The additional fatalities coming from Western Visayas reached 103, while the number of those who perished in Eastern Visayas remained at 1,660, Xinhua quoted Eduardo del Rosario as saying. He is the executive director of the Philippines’ National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

Some 2,623 people were injured and 84 people were missing, he added.

A total of 1.387 million families or 6.937 million people were affected by Haiyan and out of them, 127,733 families or 582,303 persons were displaced and being served inside and outside evacuation centres, the NDRRMC official said.

Nearly 150,000 houses were either partially or totally damaged.

Source: IANS