Police general who announced 10,000 people may have died after Typhoon Yolanda sacked from his post
His estimate did not sit well with authorities.
The Philippine Star reports that Eastern Visayas police (PRO8) regional director Chief Superintendent Elmer Soria has been relieved of his post days after he declared that typhoon Yolanda could have left 10,000 people dead.
According to the report, Soria's removal from the post was confirmed by a government official, who also said the police general was relieved "to allow him to take a break after the tragedy" and not because of his statements. Soria's estimate about the number of fatalities from typhoon Yolanda has reportedly irked government officials, with Malacañang and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) describing the figures as "without basis."
PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima earlier said he would call Soria's attention "to verify the basis for his statement." As of Thursday (November 14), NDRRMC's official death toll from the typhoon stands at 2,357. But authorities and experts admit the number is likely to increase as more bodies are recovered in the devastated areas.
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