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Philippines Typhoon Death Toll Tops 5,000

A Typhoon Haiyan survivor kisses her baby as she waits to board her evacuation flight at the airport in Tacloban, Philippines, Nov. 22, 2013.
A Typhoon Haiyan survivor kisses her baby as she waits to board her evacuation flight at the airport in Tacloban, Philippines, Nov. 22, 2013.
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.

  • Typhoon Haiyan survivors wait for their evacuation flights at the airport in Tacloban, Philippines, Nov. 21, 2013.
  • A typhoon survivor sits beside the body bag containing his child in Tacloban, central Philippines, Nov. 20, 2013.
  • A Philippine Air Force crew looks out from his helicopter as Typhoon Haiyan-ravaged city of Tacloban is seen in the background, during a flight to deliver relief goods, Nov. 19, 2013.
  • The brakelight of a delivery truck lights up a boy's face as survivors struggle to be the first in line during the distribution of relief goods in typhoon-hit Tacloban, Philippines, Nov. 18, 2013.
  • Firemen unload Typhoon Haiyan victims in body bags from a truck on the roadside until forensic experts can register and bury them in a mass grave outside of Tacloban, Philippines, Nov. 19, 2013.
  • A Typhoon Haiyan survivor carries a bag of his recovered belongings in the ruins of his rural neighborhood on the outskirts of Tacloban, Philippines, Nov. 18, 2013.
  • A man uses a shovel to clean up mud inside St. Joseph Parish church, which was badly damaged by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines, Nov. 18, 2013.
  • Typhoon Haiyan survivors walk along a road in the destroyed port in the town of Guiuan, Philippines, Nov. 15, 2013.
  • A young boy, a survivor of Typhoon Haiyan covers his ears as military C-130 aircraft land at the airport in Tacloban, central Philippines, Nov. 15, 2013.
  • Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan shade themselves from the rising sun after spending the night on the tarmac in the airport in Tacloban, where they wait to be evacuated, Nov. 15, 2013.
  • Toppled coconut trees dot a mountain in an area devastated by typhoon Haiyan in Leyte province, central Philippines, Nov. 15, 2013.

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