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Philippines Typhoon Death Toll Tops 4,900

Two weeks after one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall wiped out entire villages, officials in the Philippines have raised the death toll to more than 4,900, with more than 1,500 injured.

Officials at the national Civil Defense office said Friday that the death count is likely to increase as more reports are received from people involved in the rescue and retrieval operations in the areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

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.

Groups such as Catholic Relief Services and the United Nations 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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