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Philippines President says number of typhoon deaths is at 2,500

Staff Writer

The President of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino, says the death toll from Friday’s typhoon may be lower that first thought.
In an interview, he said the number of 10,000 killed was too high and the figure was more likely up to 2,500.
The UN says more than 11 million people are believed to have been affected and some 673,000 displaced.
The United States deployed a detachment of Marines to the Philippines from a base in Japan on Monday, as the world increased relief efforts after a super typhoon left an estimated 10,000 dead and displaced hundreds of thousands.
The troops took off from a U.S. base in Japan’s southerly Okinawa prefecture, following a similar deployment on Sunday.
An additional detachment also left for the Philippines late yesterday.
Some 200 Marines from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade are now in the Philippines assisting a U.S. aid operation in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
The U.S. has also earmarked $20 million in humanitarian assistance and rerouted an aircraft carrier as part of its relief effort.

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