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Typhoon Haiyan deaths in Philippines passes 6,000

Manila, Dec 14 (): The death toll from Typhoon Haiyan that hit the central Philippines on November 8 has exceeded 6,000 with about 1,800 people missing, officials said today.

The unidentified twenty-seven bodies were among the most recent to be recovered under debris in typhoon-affected coastal areas including the hardest hit city of Tacloban, said Maj. Reynaldo Balido, the spokesman for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

After finding those dead bodies, the overall death toll was pushed to 6,009 while 1,779 others remain unaccounted for, the government agency said. This typhoon is the deadliest natural disaster on record to struck Philippines.

Every day 20 to 30 bodies were still being found, Balido said. Identifying corpses in the advanced stage of decomposition and matching them with the missing is a difficult process and the reason why the number of the missing remains unchanged, he said.

The government said about four million people have lost their homes to either tsunami-like storm surges or Haiyan’s 315 kilometres (195 miles) per hour winds, and some are still in need of food aid as well as shelters and jobs.

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Eduardo del Rosario said of the more than 16 million people who were affected, 3.9 million were displaced and are at evacuation centres.

The Philippine government earlier said that temporary shelters or bunkhouses which could provide accommodations to about 4,000 families would be ready before Christmas in central Philippine region of Eastern Visayas. Damages caused to agriculture and infrastructure was fixed at 35.5 billion pesos (about $803.17 million).

The Philippine Football Federation says FIFA has offered up to $1 million in funding to repair football projects damaged by Typhoon Haiyan.

This week, the United Nations has asked donors to give more than double their emergency aid donations to the Philippines to $791 million to cover needs over 12 months.