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By Mick Krever, CNN
The humanitarian devastation in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines shows just how overstretched the global humanitarian community is, John Ging, director of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said Wednesday.
“One of the biggest constraints that we have is that we can’t fill the warehouses in anticipation of these disasters because we’re overstretched worldwide,” Ging told CNN’s Fred Pleitgen, sitting in for Christiane Amanpour.
“There are children starving in the Sahel; you look at Syria every day,” he said. “We are chronically underfunded as a humanitarian community, and then when these natural disasters hit us suddenly, we don’t also have the logistical or the supplies to hand.”
By Dominique van Heerden, CNN
A well-publicized estimate that Typhoon Haiyan killed 10,000 people in the Philippines is "too much," and the death toll likely is closer to 2,000 or 2,500, President Benigno Aquino told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.
“There was emotional trauma involved with that particular estimate quoting both the police official and local government,” he said, adding that “they did not have a basis for it”. He did however acknowledge that the number “might still get higher.”
President Aquino said they are still trying to establish their numbers and have another 29 municipalities to contact before they can finalize a death toll.
CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks with Philippines Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda.
CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks with Philippines Secretary of Health Enrique Ona.