Philippines Death Toll Hits 5,000

The death toll from the monster typhoon—“Yolanda”— that ripped through the Philippines on Nov. 8 surged to 5,000 on Friday, a total that officials fear will continue to rise. As of Thursday, the number was hovering around 4,000. Packing winds up to 147 mph, the typhoon brought severe damage to six islands in the Philippines, forcing close to 1 million people to evacuate. Thirteen governments, including the United States, are aiding in the effort to provide food and clean water for the estimated 3 million people still displaced by the storm.