Typhoon Haiyan


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President Obama offers his condolences and prayers to the Philippines on Thursday

On Friday November 8, Typhoon Haiyan struck the central Philippines. By the following Friday, the death toll had risen to 3,621 with another 1,140 people missing. The typhoon damaged much of the infrastructure in the areas hardest hit, resulting in fears that there will be a major spread of disease due to poor sanitation. The United States aircraft carrier, USS George Washington, arrived on the 14th bringing medical aid and food, with other international aid arriving shortly after. President Obama offered his condolences to the Philippines in a statement on Thursday and promised continued aid to the country.