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Philippines typhoon death toll climbs to 1,774

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Manila: The number of deaths in the Philippines caused by super typhoon Haiyan, locally called Yolanda, rose to 1,774 by Monday night, a government agency said.

Of the total fatalities, 1,660 were in worst-hit eastern Visayas region, reported Xinhua quoting National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) spokesman Rey Balido as saying.

He said 82 people were still missing and 2,487 were injured.

Balido said they expected the number of casualties to increase as they were awaiting reports from other areas.

The super typhoon hit the Philippines Friday and exited the country Saturday afternoon.

IANS

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