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Nov 23, 2013 1:34 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

UN ups appeal as Philippine typhoon death toll rises above 5,000

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - The United Nations is increasing its appeal for Philippines typhoon relief to nearly $350 million.

U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator Valerie Amos says food, clean water and shelter remain the top priorities, and much more needs to be done. Amos calls it "a massive disaster" that requires "a massive response" and says it's likely that the request for aid will increase again.

Meanwhile, Philippine officials say the death toll has risen to more 5,000 and is likely to climb further, with more than 1,600 people still listed as missing.

But officials say recovery efforts are beginning to take hold. Civil defense chief Eduardo del Rosario likens the region to a patient that has been moved out of the emergency room into an intensive care unit. He says it's "still critical but stabilized."

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