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Philippines typhoon death toll rises

3 years 6 months 1 week ago November 15, 2013 Nov 15, 2013 Friday, November 15 2013 November 15, 2013 7:55 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines - A Philippine civil defense official says the death toll from last week's Typhoon Haiyan has risen to 3,621.

The new figure surpasses he estimated 2,500 deaths that President Benigno Aquino III had predicted earlier this week.

Meanwhile, the U.S. is sending roughly 1,000 more troops and additional ships and aircraft to the Philippines to help with recovery efforts.

The USS George Washington aircraft carrier already is stationed off the coast and helicopters have been dropping food and water over inaccessible areas.

Authorities estimate some 600,000 people have been displaced.

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