Typhoon Haiyan Death Toll Passes 5,000 in Philippines

The Philippines National Disaster Agency says that 5,209 are officially dead, but many more are still missing

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A photo album lies in the rubble in a neighborhood destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines on November 22, 2013.

Two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, officials say the death toll has risen above 5,000.

The Philippines National Disaster Agency said on Friday that 5,209 lost their lives in the storm, but that the death toll may increase because many people are still missing, BBC reports. The strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall on record, Haiyan is now the deadliest natural disaster in the history of the Philippines. The death toll surpasses that of 1991 floods in the Ormoc region, where 5,101 people were killed.

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said on Friday that the situation in the Philippines in stabilizing. Major roads on Samar and Leyte islands have been cleared of debris, but in Tacloban, one of the hardest hit areas, relief and recovery efforts are still ongoing.