Typhoon Haiyan leaves relief groups scrambling amid humanitarian crisis

Villages in the Philippines’ Leyte province have been decimated by Typhoon Haiyan (IEU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection / Flickr).

Typhoon Haiyan has wreaked havoc across the Philippines, leaving a trail of brutal devastation and untold casualties. The Category 5 storm, which struck the nation on Friday, may be the largest to ever make landfall. And although the full scope of its impact has yet to be determined, relief efforts are already plagued by daunting challenges.

The Philippines government announced Tuesday that 1,744 have been confirmed dead, though officials expect that number to rise over the coming days. Thousands more have been injured, with the typhoon’s ferocious winds and storm surge leaving more than 600,000…

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