Via The Manila Bulletin: Majority of ‘Yolanda’ casualties unidentified. Excerpt:
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Thursday said 94 percent of those who perished from the “Yolanda” super typhoon could not be identified because they were already in an advanced stage of decomposition.
The casualties that were recovered from the municipalities of Tacloban, Tanauan and Palo were added to the NDRRMC’s tally after they were certified by local government and health authorities. As of Dec. 12, the death toll has risen to 5,982.
Earlier, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said they will not be able to identify all the casualties because of the bodies’ severe stage of decomposition. It appears also that not many have medical or dental records of their missing persons.
Meanwhile, the disaster agency reported that the number of missing individuals due to super typhoon Yolanda has not changed for more than a week. NDRRMC said since December 3, 1, 779 individuals remain missing, noting that normally as the death toll rises, the number of missing decreases. But the NDRRMC said none of the recovered bodies matched any of the missing.