Another death in Palompon

Eight people have died in the town of Palompon from Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Super Typhoon Haityan destroyed buildings and left many people displaced in the Philippines. Picture: MSF.

PHILIPPINES - Another person has died in a Palompon hospital in the Philippines this morning, bringing the death toll from Super Typhoon Haiyan in the town to eight.

A 53-year-old man had been suffering from a fever that worsened because he'd been sleeping on the streets after his home was destroyed.

More than 4,000 people have already been killed by the typhoon and an estimated 4 million homes were destroyed in the Asian country.

Hospital staff are still searching for the man's family members as he arrived alone, but it is unclear at this stage if they are still alive.

The man was one of thousands of people suffering respiratory infections in Palompon.

Doctors say they treat up to 300 patients per day, but the hospital can only accommodate 30 so they are forced to send many people home.

Meanwhile, as Palompon residents continue with clean-up operations, local government officials are preparing to start farming different vegetables and plants because their rice and coconut plantations have been destroyed.

An estimated R234 million has been lost in crops in Palompon alone and in the rest of the country the figure is more than R1 billion.

The ward councillor of Palompon's farming region Irving Arevalo says short-term crops will generate some form of income for the destitute.

"A lot of people here mainly plant coconut trees so for the next five years, we will be planting short-term crops while waiting for the coconut to bear fruit."