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Philippines Death Toll Passes 5,200

November 22, 2013

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The Philippines' National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Friday the death toll from super Typhoon Haiyan has spiked to 5,209.

Along with the number of dead, the NDRRMC said 23,404 people were injured and 1,582 people are missing, the Philippines News Agency reported.

Eduardo del Rosario, executive director of the NDRRMC, said the spike in the number of fatalities was due to the number of dead recovered five days ago.

The NDRRMC's casualty report said 10,004,125 people in 42 provinces were affected by the storm.

NDRRMC further damaged 1,086,327 homes, and caused an estimated $272,484,212 worth of damage to infrastructure and $239,552,528 worth of damage to agriculture.

Officials said the death toll could increase as bodies are uncovered through the recovery process, after the storm destroyed homes and caused flooding when it made landfall Nov. 7, The Wall Street Journal reported.

A release from the government said 1,529 evacuation centers were housing 381,022 people and an estimated 3.95 million people opted to stay with friends or family members.

About $10.8 million in relief assistance was provided and 1,604 medical personnel were deployed by the government, the release said.

Medical officials said pneumonia was becoming a large concern for those affected by the typhoon, The New York Times reported.

Hundreds of thousands of people are living under tarpaulins and makeshift huts, lacking protection from torrential rain, and alternating chilly breezes and sweltering heat, the newspaper said.

"It's the constant rain while living under a tarpaulin," said Dr. Ian Norton, team leader of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Center of Australia.

Lack of clothing means many people are unable to change clothes when they get wet from rain, leaving them damp for days on end, the Times said.

Foreign medical teams said they're seeing so many cases of pneumonia they're running out of antibiotics.

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