The Terrible Aftermath of the Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan in Photos

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LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 12:  Survivors of the typhoon walk through a devastated area on November 12, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Four days after the typhoon devastated the region many have nothing left, they are without food or power and most lost their homes. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year.  (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
Photo: Dondi Tawatao/2013 Getty Images

Although the death toll in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan was said to be near 10,000 people, President Benigno Aquino III said today that the number is closer to 2,500. Still, “bodies lay uncollected in the streets of at least one devastated city,” and the steps toward cleanup and rebuilding have only just begun. The destruction is immense and tens of thousands of people are without a place to live as the U.S. has started sending aid. "They need food, they need water, they need shelter. People need to be protected," said Valerie Amos, the UN's under-secretary-general for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief, which is hoping to donate $301 million to the Philippines.

Photos from the ground, while extremely intense, can only begin to tell the story. They're still worth seeing.

Photo: PHILIPPE LOPEZ/2013 AFP
Photo: PHILIPPE LOPEZ/2013 AFP
Photo: NOEL CELIS/2013 AFP
Photo: Dondi Tawatao/2013 Getty Images