The Terrible Aftermath of the Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan in Photos

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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.

Dead bodies are unloaded at a makeshift morgue in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte on November 12, 2013 after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines. US and British warships were deployed on November 12 to the typhoon-ravaged Philippines where well over 10,000 people are feared dead and countless survivors are begging for help in rain-soaked wastelands. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: PHILIPPE LOPEZ/2013 AFP
A Filipino military personnel stands in the damaged control tower of the airport in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte on November 12, 2013 after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines. The typhoon that destroyed entire towns across the Philippines is believed to have killed more than 10,000 people, which would make it the country's deadliest recorded natural disaster. AFP PHOTO/Philippe Lopez (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: PHILIPPE LOPEZ/2013 AFP
Residents loot water damaged sacks of rice from a rice warehouse in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban in the eastern Philippine island of Leyte on November 11, 2013. The United States, Australia and the United Nations mobilised emergency aid to the Philippines as the scale of the devastation unleashed by Super Typhoon Haiyan emerged on November 11. AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: NOEL CELIS/2013 AFP
LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 12: Survivors walk over debris as they pass through an area devasted by Typhoon Haiyan on November 12, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Four days after the Typhoon Haiyan 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