Philippines death toll becoming clearer as rebuilding efforts move ahead

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Associated Press

Posted on November 16, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 16 at 1:00 AM

GUIUAN, Philippines (AP) — The number of human lives lost to Typhoon Haiyan (HY'-ahn) in the central Philippines is becoming clearer.

The Philippines' main disaster agency says the death toll now stands at 3,633 with another 1,179 people listed as missing. Nearly 12,500 people were injured. Most of the casualties occurred on Leyte (LAY'-tay) and Samar islands.

One week after Typhoon Haiyan (HY'-ahn) razed the eastern part of the Philippines, leaving 600,000 homeless, survivors have begun rebuilding, with or without help from their government or foreign aid groups. People swept dirt from the pews of a church in the disaster zone Friday, while the buzzing of chain saws reverberated in the streets and piles of debris were burned.

Meanwhile, the international aid effort is gathering steam, highlighted by the helicopter drops conducted from the American aircraft carrier USS George Washington.

The U.N.'s top humanitarian official says more than 107,000 people have received food assistance so far and 11 foreign and 22 domestic medical teams are in operation.

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APPHOTO LMD104: People attend a Mass for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, at Westminster Cathedral, in London, which is the Mother Church for Roman Catholics in England and Wales, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. One week after Typhoon Haiyan razed the eastern part of the Philippines, killing thousands and leaving at least 600,000 homeless, resilient residents of the disaster zone were rebuilding their lives and those of their neighbors. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) (15 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO NY126: In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in the Philippine Sea prepare containers of fresh water for transport ashore in support of Operation Damayan, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. The George Washington Carrier Strike Group supports the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade to assist the Philippine government in response to the aftermath of the Super typhoon Haiyan in the Republic of the Philippines. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas) (15 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO NY125: In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, an HC-130 Hercules from the Marine Wing Support Squadron 172 (MWSS 172), takes off to airlift civilians to a safer locatio, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, in Guiuan, Philippines. The George Washington Carrier Strike Group supports the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade to assist the Philippine government in Operation Damayan in response to the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Liam Kennedy) (15 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO XDG107: Typhoon Haiyan survivors walk past open fires, set to remove debris from the ruins of the village of Marabut, Samar Island, Philippines, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. As an international aid effort gathered steam, resilient Filipinos in battered towns started rebuilding their lives and those of their neighbors - with or without help from their government or foreign aid groups. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) (15 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO DA102: A Filipino youth stands near a baby doll he just found amid the rubble of a neighborhood badly ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the country's eastern seaboard Nov. 8, leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara) (16 Nov 2013)

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