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Nov 14, 2013 10:38 PM by Jennifer Horbelt

Philippine government defends typhoon response as death toll rises

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) - The Philippine government is defending its efforts to deliver assistance to victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

The country's interior secretary says "in a situation like this, nothing is fast enough."

Government officials have given different death tolls, both actual and estimated, as a result of the disaster, but the civil defense agency says its confirmed 2,360 deaths. The statement came hours after the United Nations issued conflicting reports on how many people had died, attributing the figures to the Philippines government.

Some officials estimate that the final toll, when the missing are declared dead and remote regions reached, will be more than 10,000.

At least 600,000 people have been displaced, many of them homeless.

The pace of the aid effort has picked up over the last 24 hours.

 

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