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Philippine death toll rises, while relief efforts pick up

Reuters, TACLOBAN, Philippines

However, massive logistical problems remain. Injured survivors waited in long lines under searing sun for treatment. Local authorities reported shortages of body bags, gasoline and staff to collect the dead.

“Bodies are still lying on the roads. But now at least they’re in sections with department of health body bags,” said Ian Norton, chief of a team of Australian aid workers.

The preliminary number of missing as of yesterday, according to the Red Cross, rose to 25,000 from 22,000 a day earlier. That could include people who have since been located, it said.

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