Typhoon death toll revised to 4,000

The UN estimates two million people have been displaced by the typhoon.

This aerial photo shows typhoon devastation in Eastern Samar province, central Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan hit the country. Picture: AFP.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Only a day after the death toll from Super Typhoon Haiyan was estimated at just over 3,000, the Philippines secretary of national defence has revised the figure to more than 4,000.

The United Nations's (UN) humanitarian wing on Saturday released the latest statistics of relief efforts and the effect of the deadly typhoon and subsequent storm surge.

The disaster has triggered massive international support for the Philippines, with South African relief group Gift of the Givers already in that country to assist with the response mission.

Relief expedition leader Dr Butch Hong (left) at a briefing in the Philippines. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

The UN's office for coordination and humanitarian affairs estimates about two million people have been displaced by the disaster, of which 760,000 are children.

A victim of Typhoon Haiyan on the pavement of a street in Tacloban. Picture: AFP.

About 287,000 homes have been severely damaged and more than half are completely destroyed.

Displaced residents outside a stadium used as an evacuation centre in Tacloban.Picture: AFP.

The UN report says 1.4 million of the displaced people are currently living with host families and the remainder are in evacuation camps.

So far 33 medical teams, of which 11 are foreign, are operational in the country and 14 more teams are expected to arrive soon.

The UN has also manged to raise $74 million to fund the relief effort, but a total of $300 million is required.

The true extent of the disaster is now only beginning to emerge but the most urgent need remains food and water, with about 2.5 million victims of the disaster waiting for assistance.