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November 22, 2013

Philippines Typhoon Death Toll Tops 5,000

by Simone Orendain

The death toll from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has risen to more than 5,200, and officials say more than 1,600 people are still missing.

The latest figures were released by Philippine officials Friday -- more than two weeks after Haiyan wiped out entire villages.  It was one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall.

Officials say the death toll is likely to increase as reports continue coming in from those involved in rescue and retrieval operations.

International aid is now flowing to most of the worst-hit areas of the central Philippines, and relief groups say the biggest challenge will be to provide longer-term help to the millions affected by the storm.

The United Nations and aid groups like Catholic Relief Services are warning that the crisis is not over. They say there will be a need for continued generosity once the storm and its aftermath fade from the international headlines.



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