Almost 3,500 homes were damaged and four airports remain shut, the disaster agency said. Tacloban’s airport was destroyed and only the runway remains, John Andrews of the state aviation authority said on Saturday.
Aquino on Saturday said the government is prepared to use 23 billion pesos (US$533 million) from various agencies and his discretionary fund for relief and rebuilding of disaster-ravaged towns and provinces.
The government is assessing the impact of Haiyan on the nation’s economy, Philippine Secretary of Economic Planning Arsenio Balisacan said by mobile-phone message yesterday.
It can still meet the top end of a 6 percent to 7 percent economic growth target this year, he said in the message.
The UN World Food Programme yesterday said it is ramping up operations in the country after surveying the damage in Leyte and Samar provinces.
“The last time I saw something of this scale was in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami,” Sebastian Rhodes Stampa, head of the UN Disaster Assessment Coordination Team, said in a statement. “This is destruction on a massive scale. There are cars thrown like tumble weed and the streets are strewn with debris.”