On November 8th, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, reducing vast areas of the country to ruins. The island of Leyte, where typhoon survivors found themselves living among the dead, was particularly hard hit. But the government has been unable to reach many of those most in need.
The number of people killed by Typhoon Haiyan has surpassed 5,200, the government of the Philippines said on Friday, with another 1,611 people still missing since the storm devastated the nation on November 8.
While waiting for humanitarian aid to arrive, the millions of Filipinos affected by Typhoon Haiyan have largely turned to the Church for help. More than 80% of the population in the Philippines are Catholic, and their faith is playing a key role. Churches are working hard to boost morale, as well as providing food and shelter.
Almost a week since tragedy struck the Philippines, some survivors are still waiting for help to arrive. Fifty kilometres from Tacloban - one of the worst affected areas - lies the town of Tolosa. A popular destination for expatriates and holidaymakers, the relief effort is yet to arrive, and corpses of tourists are yet to be collected.
Helicopters from a US aircraft carrier that has arrived in the region were being marshalled in support of the Philippines relief effort on Friday as Tacloban officials said the typhoon's official death toll had nearly doubled to 4,000.
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Philippine President Benigno Aquino was under growing pressure Thursday to speed up the distribution of much-needed aid to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan as the UN admitted that its response to the crisis had not been swift enough.
Days after Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the Philippines and killed more than 2,000 people, eight people were crushed to death when a mob of storm survivors stampeded a warehouse storing rice, officials said Wednesday.
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