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Haiyan death toll tops 6,000 in the Philippines

The government now says more than 6,000 people have been reported dead nearly five weeks after Haiyan tore through the Philippines.

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A man reconstructs his house at the bay of Tacloban, Leyte province on November 27, 2013. (NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Nearly five weeks after Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines, the government says more than 6,000 people have been reported dead and nearly 2,000 remain missing.

The death toll now officially stands at 6,009, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Friday.

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That makes it the Philippines' deadliest typhoon on record.

The new death toll figure is a sharp jump from the 4,000 confirmed dead by the government just three weeks ago.

Twenty-seven bodies, all unidentified, were among the latest to be recovered under debris in typhoon-stricken coastal areas including the hardest hit city of Tacloban, The Associated Press reported.

Officials said 20 to 30 bodies were still being found nearly every day.

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An estimated 1,779 people remain missing.

Typhoon Haiyan smashed buildings, destroyed roads and caused widespread power and water outrages when it made landfall on Nov. 8.

More than 27,000 people were injured. The storm forced 3.9 million people from their homes, and many are still homeless.

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