The most powerful hurricane to hit the Philippines in recent years, Roy, has killed at least 388 people, according to a new report released by the Bureau of Civil Defense on Monday (December 27). Hundreds of people have been injured and about 60 are still missing.
On December 16th and 17th, the hurricane, with gusts of up to 195 km / h, sowed death and debris in the center and south of the archipelago, tearing roofs, power poles and trees in its path. Hundreds of thousands of people were left homeless overnight and about 300,000 people are still in evacuation camps. In 430 cities and villages, about 482,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed, and more than four million people are receiving assistance, according to the Office of Civil Defense.
A new threat has emerged in recent days as the government moves food, water and clothing to disaster-stricken areas: at least 140 people have fallen ill with polluted water.
In the southern province of Daily Island, 80 people have been diagnosed with acute gastritis, while 54 are being treated for diarrhea at a hospital in the nearby tourist island of Sierra Leone, said Undersecretary of Health Maria Rosario Vergier. In the city of Cebu, 16 cases of diarrhea were reported. Drinking water supply was cut off in these areas and pipes were damaged. “So there is a chance of contamination”, Explained Maria Rosario Vergier.
According to his ministry, the hurricane damaged more than 4,000 Kovit-19 vaccines and destroyed 141 hospitals and clinics, of which only 30 have resumed operation. The Philippines, one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change, is hit by nearly twenty tropical cyclones or hurricanes each year, usually destroying crops, homes and infrastructure in already impoverished areas.
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