Philippine typhoon death toll at 4,460

Confusion as U.N. and national disaster council state widely differing body counts

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The death toll from this week’s super typhoon in the Philippines is at least 4,460, the United Nations said on Friday, citing regional officials, while the country’s national disaster council maintained a much lower figure.

The U.N’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that the number of 4,460 was obtained from the Philippine’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Wednesday.

However, the NDRMMC’s spokesman Reynaldo Balido said that the official toll from the typhoon that ripped through central Philippines on Nov. 8 was still 2,360.

“As of 13 November, the government reported that 4,460 people have died,” said the OCHA statement, according to Agence France-Presse.

When asked about the U.N.’s statement, Balido said that it was “not true.”

Benigno Aquino, President of the Philippines said on Tuesday that he estimated the final death toll would be around 2,500.

(With AFP)

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