MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials say the death toll from one of the strongest typhoons on record has risen to more than 5,000 and was likely to climb further.
Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said Friday that 4,919 people were killed in the Eastern Visayas region. Civil defense chief Eduardo del Rosario said 290 others died in other parts of the central and southern Philippines.
The regions were battered two weeks ago by fierce winds and tsunami-like storm surges from Typhoon Haiyan, locally called Yolanda.
Roxas said the situation was stabilizing, with major roads on Samar and Leyte Islands cleared of debris, and some banks, stores and gasoline stations resuming business. Other areas are still in desperate need of assistance.
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