A mass burial for Philippines Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) victims, local officials planned one mass grave of between 300 to 500 bodies in one area of Tacloban. It was estimated that as many as 10,000 people may have died in Tacloban City alone.
Nearly 620,000 people were displaced and 9.5 million “affected” across nine regions, the U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stated.
The planned mass burial on Sunday in Palo town near Tacloban about 360 miles southeast of the capital of the Philippines, Manila. It was one of six islands slammed by Super Typhoon Haiyan.
According to local Health Secretary Enrique “They can bury the dead in a mass grave only after they have been identified by the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation). It is important for the bereaved families to know where they can find their dead relatives.”
Philippines’ Victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) mass burial, the health department is set to release guidelines for mass burial to concerned local government units, according to Philstar.com reoprt.
Manila Bulletin Photo “A woman’s body is found floating in a flooded street, also in Tacloban.” (Linus Escandor II)