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Philippine typhoon death toll tops 5,700

Manila - The death toll in the Philippines from the strongest typhoon ever to make landfall has reached 5,719, with 1,779 still missing, the government said Wednesday.

Most of the dead or 4,882 were from the worst-hit province of Leyte, the national disaster relief agency said.

Over 26,000 were injured and more than 4 million people displaced after Typhoon Haiyan struck the eastern Philippines on November 8.

Some 1.2 million houses were destroyed and damage to agriculture and infrastructure was estimated at more than 803 million dollars, the agency said.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the relief operation needed to expand to reach more remote areas and islands.

"People living along main roads may be receiving disproportionate aid," the office said in its latest bulletin.

The UN also warned of a potential disease outbreak after partners confirmed the presence of faecal coliform bacteria in some water sources.

The UN has appealed for 348 million dollars in funding to implement life-saving and early recovery programmes in the typhoon-ravaged communities.//DPA


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