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UN: $301 Million needed to support 700,000 Homeless in the Philippines 

An estimated 700,000 people are homeless across the Philippines following Friday’s typhoon. The UN estimates it will cost $301 million to provide support for these people. “We are certainly expecting the worst. As we get more and more access we find the tragedy of more and more people killed in this typhoon,” UN humanitarian operations director John Ging said, after Philippine President Benigno Aquino declared a “state of national calamity.” (AFP

Philippines Disaster Roundup

The death toll from the massive typhoon that hit the Philippines is closer to 2,000 or 2,500, not the previously reported figure of 10,000, President Benigno Aquino told CNN. (Reuters

The medical challenges in the Philippines following the typhoon are monumental, says the WHO. (NPR

Philippine troops killed two armed insurgents who attacked an aid convoy en route to typhoon-devastated Tacloban on Tuesday, the military said, as soldiers were deployed to quell looting by hungry survivors. (AFP

Desperation is growing in the devastated path of typhoon Haiyan, after heavy rains lashed survivors facing a fifth day without food, water or basic medical supplies. (Guardian

Aid is coming to Tacloban, but the scale of the disaster and challenges of delivering the assistance means few in this city, strewn with debris and corpses, have received any help. (AP

The World Bank is considering increasing cash grants for the poor in the Philippines after the island nation was hit by a devastating typhoon at the weekend. (VOA