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Killer typhoon: Yolanda death toll soars to 4,198

A man points at one of the bags containing bodies of typhoon victims in Tacloban. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

The death toll of super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) climbed to 4,198 as more bodies were recovered from Samar and Leyte, two of the areas that bore the brunt of the strongest typhoon ever recorded, according to the Command Center in Tacloban City Sports Development Center.

Tacloban City has the largest number of deaths with 1,725 while the other 40 municipalities have 2,678 combined.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, however, have the death toll hold at 2,015.

The NDRRMC stopped counting the casualties for no apparent reason but said that it will release the final tally of deaths on Friday.

Among the casualties was a Canadian national, Peter Bright, who saved a child who was left by his parents after a storm surge hit Tacloban. After saving the child, the wall collapsed and he was found dead.

Bright’s remains will be repatriated by his friends back to Canada.

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