Death toll in typhoon-hit Philippine city reaches 4,000

The death toll fromTyphoon Haiyan in the devastated Philippine coastal city ofTacloban was 4,000, a notice board at City Hall said on Friday,nearly double the nationwide toll provided by the government inManila.

The City Hall toll was the first public acknowledgement thatthe number of fatalities had far exceeded an estimate providedthis week by President Benigno Aquino, who predicted the loss oflife from the entire disaster would be closer to 2,000 or 2,500.

Official confirmed deaths nationwide stood at 2,357 onThursday from the Nov. 8 typhoon, one of the strongest everrecorded.
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