Philippines death toll rises to 3,621

The number of people in the Philippines confirmed dead from Typhoon Haiyan now stands at 3,621, officials say, the BBC reports.

UN and local agencies have issued conflicting tolls, and the final figure is likely to rise still higher.

One week after the storm, food and supplies are now beginning to reach survivors, but aid agencies say the logistics of distribution are enormous.

The Philippine government has defended its response to the disaster, one of the strongest storms ever on land.

The UN put the number of dead at 4,460. Officials said it was likely more bodies would be found as aid teams reached outlying areas.

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