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A baby rests on a hammock inside an indoor basketball gym, which has been turned into an evacuation centre for flooding victims, in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte in southern Philippine island of Mindanao January 17, 2014. The death toll from the floods and landslides in Mindanao caused by a lingering low-pressure area climbed to 34 on Friday, while more than 300,000 people are displaced due to flooding and landslides, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported. Storm Signal No. 1 has been raised in seven provinces in Mindanao on Friday after a low pressure area in the area developed into a tropical depression now named ìAgatonî, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical And Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.  REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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A baby rests on a hammock inside an indoor basketball gym, which has been turned into an evacuation centre for flooding victims, in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte in the Philippines. The death toll from the floods and landslides in Mindanao caused by a lingering low-pressure area climbed to 34 on Friday, while more than 300,000 people have been displaced due to flooding and landslides. 

A worker checks the coal as he roasts pigs in Manila on December 23, 2013 for the busy holiday season. 'Lechon', or roasted pig, has always been a regular fare at Philippine festivities, especially during Christmas and New Year celebrations. The Philippines Christmas season runs from December until the second week of January.

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A worker checks the coal as he roasts pigs in Manila on Monday for the busy holiday season. ‘Lechon’, or roasted pig, has always been a regular fare at Philippine festivities, especially during Christmas and New Year celebrations.

A typhoon survivor decorates a Christmas tree amidst the rubble of destroyed houses in Tacloban city in central Philippines December 17, 2013. Super typhoon Haiyan reduced almost everything in its path to rubble when it swept ashore in the central Philippines on November 8, killing at least 6,069 people, leaving 1,779 missing and 4 million either homeless or with damaged homes.

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A typhoon Haiyan survivor decorates a Christmas tree amid the rubble of destroyed houses in the City of Tacloban in central Philippines

Typhoon survivors jostle to beg for plastic bags of food relief along a road Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Tacloban city, Leyte province in central Philippines.  Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the country's eastern seaboard Nov. 8, leaving a wide swath of destruction.

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Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan jostle for plastic bags of food along a road in Tacloban city, central Philippines. The typhoon, one of the most powerful on record, hit the country’s eastern seaboard on November 8.

TOPSHOTS Typhoon survivors walk past shi...TOPSHOTS Typhoon survivors walk past ships washed ashore in Tacloban, Leyte Province in November 25, 2013. Experts say it will cost billions of dollars and take years to revive communities that were destroyed when Super Typhoon Haiyan swept in from the Pacific Ocean more than a fortnight ago, killing at least 5,200 people. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELISNOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Typhoon survivors walk past ships washed ashore in Tacloban, capital of Leyte province, in the Philippines 

Typhoon survivors play a game called "Sungka" inside the bathroom of a house in central Philippines

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Typhoon survivors play inside a bathroom that was torn away from a house by Typhoon Haiyan, which battered Tacloban city nearly two weeks ago in central Philippines.

A Filipino villager takes a bath in the super typhoon devastated city of Tacloban, Leyte island province, Philippines, 20 November 2013. About four million people have been displaced by Haiyan s devastation, and shelter is a massive problem confronting the Philippine government, says Joe Lowry, a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration. Lowry said rebuilding the destroyed houses would cost at least 21 million US dollar, and require land to be provided by the government because many of the homeless were informal settlers who did not own the property.

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A Filipino villager washes amid the typhoon devastation of Tacloban city, Leyte island province, Philippines on Wednesday.

***BESTPIX***Humanitarian Efforts Continue Following Devastating Super Typhoon...LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 18:  A family gather around a grave of a relative that was killed when Typhoon Haiyan struck their home on November 18, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan which ripped through Philippines over the weekend has been described as on of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. Countries all over the world have pledged relief aid to help support those affected by the typhoon however damage to the airport and roads have made moving the aid into the most affected areas very difficult. With dead bodies left out in the open air and very limited food, water and shelter, health concerns are growing.

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Mourners gather round the grave of a family member killed when Typhoon Haiyan struck their home in Leyte, Philippines

Survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan march during a religious procession in Tolosa on the eastern Philippine island of Leyte on November 18, 2013 over one week after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the area.  The United Nations estimates that 13 million people were affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan with around 1.9 million losing their homes.

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Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan take part in a religious procession in Tolosa, on the Philippine island of Leyte, on Monday. More than 4,000 people have been killed by the storm and the death toll may go higher.

Survivors crowd around a Philippines Air force C-130 military aircraft, hoping to get on the next flight, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into 6 central Philippine islands on Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction and thousands of people dead.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

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Survivors crowd around a Philippine air force C-130 military aircraft, hoping to get on the next flight out of Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan aftermath in the Philippines ...epa03947617 Filipino typhoon survivor children, who escaped after their village was attacked by allegedly armed men, wait for social workers in the super typhoon devastated city of Tacloban, Leyte province, Philippines, 13 November 2013. Aid workers and relief supplies were being poured into eastern provinces hit by Typhoon Haiyan, which aid agencies and officials estimated has left thousands dead and staggering destruction in its wake. The official death toll in the Philippines from one of the worldís strongest typhoons rose to 1,833, the national disaster relief agency said with many towns still unaccounted for.

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Children wait for social workers in the devastated city of Tacloban, in the province of Leyte in central Philippines, having escaped from their village after it was allegedly attacked by armed men amid the devastation caused by typhoon Haiyan. 

One of seven statues of the team of U.S. General Douglas MacArthur reeanacting his historic landing at Leyte in the Philippines on the 31st December1944 is toppled as it was hit by strong winds during Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city.

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One of the statues memorialising the historic landing of US general Douglas MacArthur at Palo Beach at Leyte in the Philippines on October 20 1944 was toppled as it was hit by strong winds during typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city

Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan are evacuated by rescue workers from the airport in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Four days after Typhoon Haiyan struck the eastern Philippines, assistance is only just beginning to arrive.

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Survivors of typhoon Haiyan are evacuated by rescue workers at the airport in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines. Four days after the storm struck the country, assistance is only just beginning to arrive. 

A surivor walks among the debris of houses destroyed by Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban in the eastern Philippine island of Leyte on November 11, 2013. The United States, Australia and the United Nations mobilised emergency aid to the Philippines as the scale of the devastation unleashed by Super Typhoon Haiyan emerged on November 11.

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A surivor walks among the debris of houses destroyed by Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban in the eastern Philippine island of Leyte on Monday. The US, Australia and the UN have begun sending emergency aid to the affected area

Survivors stay beside a ship that was washed ashore hitting makeshift houses near an oil depot in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines.

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Survivors beside a ship that was washed ashore during Typhoon Haiyan, hitting makeshift houses near an oil depot in City of Tacloban, Leyte province in central Philippines.

Residents walk along coastal village while strong winds from Typhoon Haiyan battered Bayog town in Los Banos

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Residents walk along the coastal village while strong winds from Typhoon Haiyan battered Bayog town in Los Baños, Laguna, south of Manila on Friday.

student protesters wearing masks raise their clenched fist as they pass by the gates of the House of Representatives in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday Nov. 5, 2013. Supporters of hacker group Anonymous Philippines held the rally to call for the abolition of all forms of "pork barrel" funds after allegations that several members of the House of Representatives and the Philippine Senate conspired with wealthy businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles to steal huge amounts of government development funds. Napoles is set to appear before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on Nov. 7.

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Student protesters wearing masks raise their fists as they pass by the gates of the House of Representatives in Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines, on Tuesday. Supporters of hacker group Anonymous Philippines held the rally to call for the abolition of all forms of “pork barrel” funds.

Students dressed as zombies participate in an annual Halloween Costume Parade in Manila on October 30, 2013. The activity aims to celebrate Halloween in a creative and fun way through showcase of different scary costumes.

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Students dressed as zombies take part in an annual Halloween costume parade in Manila on Wednesday.

Protesters, some dressed in their Halloween costumes, march towards the Philippine Senate to demand the scrapping of the government funds intended for development projects by lawmakers known as "Pork Barrel" fund Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. The "Pork Barrel" scandal was exposed following the surrender of Janet Lim Napoles, a wealthy businesswoman who allegedly stole huge amounts of government development funds in conspiracy with powerful lawmakers. Napoles is set to appear before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on Nov. 7.

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Protesters, some dressed in Halloween costumes, on Wednesday march towards the Philippine senate, south of Manila, to demand the scrapping of government funds intended for development projects. Janet Lim Napoles, a wealthy businesswoman who allegedly stole huge amounts of government development funds in conspiracy with powerful lawmakers, is set to appear before the senate on November 7.

Students from President Corazon Aquino Elementary School use their notebooks to cover their heads as they participate in an earthquake drill in Manila on October 18, 2013, after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake that hit the central Philippine island of Bohol. Road access to the worst-hit towns on the central island of Bohol remained cut, two days after the quake destroyed buildings and triggered landslides that engulfed homes and highways, regional civil defence chief Minda Morante said.

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Students from President Corazon Aquino elementary school use notebooks to cover their heads as they take part in an earthquake drill in Manila on Friday, after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit the central Philippine island of Bohol.