Official death toll in Philippines from typhoon continues to mount

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Super Typhoon Haiyan, which made landfall on Nov. 8, wreaked havoc across the Philippines.

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On Dec. 13, the Philippines' disaster agency said the official death toll from the storm was at 6,009. Typhoon Haiyan is the most deadly natural disaster recorded in the country's history. Some 1,779 people are still missing. Copyright 2014 Reuters

On Dec. 13, the Philippines' disaster agency said the official death toll from the storm was at 6,009. Typhoon Haiyan is the most deadly natural disaster recorded in the country's history. Some 1,779 people are still missing.

"From a helicopter, you can see the extent of devastation. From the shore and moving a kilometer inland, there are no structures standing. It was like a tsunami. I don't know how to describe what I saw. It's horrific." Philippine Interior Secretary Mar Roxas

A storm surge of waters between 10 to 30 feet deep in Tacloban has been blamed for much of the destruction and deaths, with most victims drowning or dying in collapsed buildings. One UN responder said that he had not seen this level of devastation since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

As clean up efforts begin, several humanitarian organizations and international governments have begun efforts to provide relief. As of Nov. 11, the most urgent needs on the islands include water, food and emergency shelters.

Haiyan made landfall in Vietnam as a weakened Category 1 storm on Nov. 11. The National Floods and Storms Control Agency said Nov. 19 that flooding in Vietnam, which began Nov. 14, has killed 41 people, injured 74, and affected more than 400,000 homes. The waters are receding, the agency said. Copyright 2014 Reuters

Haiyan made landfall in Vietnam as a weakened Category 1 storm on Nov. 11. The National Floods and Storms Control Agency said Nov. 19 that flooding in Vietnam, which began Nov. 14, has killed 41 people, injured 74, and affected more than 400,000 homes. The waters are receding, the agency said.

Haiyan was more powerful than Typhoon Bopha, which hit the Philippines in Dec. 2012, killing more than 1,000 people and causing an estimated $350 million in damage. The most deadly storm on record in the Philippines before Haiyan happened in 1991, also in Leyte, when about 5,100 people died. Copyright 2014 Reuters

Haiyan was more powerful than Typhoon Bopha, which hit the Philippines in Dec. 2012, killing more than 1,000 people and causing an estimated $350 million in damage. The most deadly storm on record in the Philippines before Haiyan happened in 1991, also in Leyte, when about 5,100 people died.

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