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Typhoon death toll rises over 5,000

The death toll from one of the strongest typhoons on record has risen above 5,000 and is likely to climb further, Philippine officials say.

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said that 4,919 people were killed in the Eastern Visayas region. Civil defence 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.

Mr Roxas said the situation was stabilising, with major roads on Samar and Leyte islands cleared of debris, and some banks, stores and gasoline stations resuming business.

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