Reflect on the lessons you have left us


Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Thursday asked the public to reflect on the lessons of the devastation of the Yolanda superfine on November 8, 2013.

"Yolanda will always be remembered because it has awakened our awareness that the fury of nature spares no one," he said in a statement.

"After 5 years, we will remember our compatriots who lost their lives on that terrifying day. Moving forward, we must reflect on the lessons that have left us, "Sotto said.

Yolanda claimed thousands of lives and massively destroyed private and public properties. It is estimated that 12.2 million people (2.6 million families) were affected by the disaster, with more than 90% coming from the Visayas region.

More than 7,000 people have been killed or are still missing.

Yolanda's total property damage and loss was initially estimated at P71,119 billion. A total of 1,192,091 houses were damaged, of which 593,785 suffered more than 50% damage, leaving tens of thousands of internally displaced persons.


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