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Updated: Wed, 13 Nov 2013 02:47:38 GMT | By The Associated Press, cbc.ca

Philippine typhoon Haiyan death toll reaches 2,275



Soldiers and police retrieve the bodies of typhoon victims in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Four days after Typhoon Haiyan devastated islands in the central Philippines, survivors are desperate for food and clamoring to be evacuated. (© AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Soldiers and police retrieve the bodies of typhoon victims in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Four days after Typhoon Haiyan devastated islands in the central Philippines, survivors are desperate for food and clamoring to be evacuated. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) Bullit Marquez/The Associated Press

The official death toll as a result of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has risen to 2,275.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council released the figures on Wednesday afternoon.

It said 3,655 were injured, with a further 80 missing.

The storm, one of the most powerful on record, hit the country's eastern seaboard on Friday, destroying tens of thousands of buildings and displacing about 600,000 people.

A massive relief operation is underway, though many in the disaster zone have yet to see much assistance.

Canada's DART on standby

Canada's military Disaster Assistance Response Team is in Hawaii, waiting for specifics on how and where it can help.

A Canadian reconnaissance team has been in the Philippines since yesterday discussing with local officials on how best to provide aid.

Defence Minister Rob Nicholson says the DART will be available "at a moment's notice" once the Canadian advance team has provided its assessment.

The advance team includes 17 Canadian Forces personnel and about a dozen civilians, mainly from Foreign Affairs.

A Canadian Forces C-17 left C-F-B Trenton for Hawaii on Monday carrying 43 members of the DART, along with their equipment.

Nicholson said the equipment includes ambulances, a forklift, a communications truck, as well as a fully supplied medical team.

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