Filipinos bow heads in prayer

Despite the mass destruction, people continue to gather at wrecked church buildings.

A typhoon victim prays during mass at the Santo Nino church in Tacloban on November 17, 2013. Picture: AFP.

PHILIPPINES, Manila - As the Filipino president visits the city of Tacloban to assess the damage caused by super Typhoon Haiyan, thousands of people across the country attend prayer services at churches for the victims of the disaster.

This is the state leader's second visit to the city since it was devastated by the typhoon and subsequent storm surge nearly 10 days ago.

Despite the mass destruction, people continue to gather at wrecked church buildings as well as the nation's capital.

Typhoon victims pray during a mass at the Santo Nino church in Tacloban on November 17, 2013. The United Nations has confirmed at least 4,500 killed in the disaster, which brought five-metre (16-foot) waves to Tacloban, flattening nearly everything in their path as they swept hundreds of metres across the low-lying land. Picture: AFP.

Gift of the Givers loading aid for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in Manila, Philippines. Picture: Govan Whittles.

Hundreds of followers at the catholic church at the University of the Philippines lit candles and sang a special hymn for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan during today's service.

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Aimee Niegas attended the service and says the typhoon is but one of many disasters that have devastated the nation this year.

"For months, it's been days of prayer for the earthquake, floods and super typhoons."

Niegas says she is heartbroken but also upset with the government's slow response after the typhoon.

"We can't help but think of corruption in our country, we have so much resources and so much money, but if only they were allocated in an honest manner."

During the service a collection of money was also conducted to donate to relief organisations working in the worst affected areas.