Authorities in the Philippines said 3,422 people had been killed by super typhoon Haiyan, on Samar and Letye islands.
The pace of the aid effort has started to pick up, with foreign governments dispatching food, water, medical supplies and trained staff to the region. Trucks and generators are also arriving.
A US aircraft carrier is moored off the coast, preparing for a major relief mission. The fleet of helicopters on board is expected to drop food and water to the worst affected areas