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47 statistics that explain Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon survivors walk through a devastated neighborhood in Leyte province. (Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

Wind speed of Typhoon Haiyan: 195 miles per hour

Minimum wind speed of a Category 5 hurricane: 157 miles per hour

Wind speed in 1969's Hurricane Camille, previously the highest measured in any hurricane or typhoon: 190 miles per hour

Government death-toll estimate, as of Monday: 229

Government death-toll estimate, as of Tuesday: 1,744

Population of Tacloban, the worst-hit city: 218,000

Tacloban residents killed, according to a local official: 10,000

Bodies found in a single mass grave in Tacloban: between 300 and 500

Normal size of the Tacloban police force, where looting has been reported: 290

Tacloban policemen who have shown up for duty since the storm: 20

Philippine military aircraft ferrying relief and refugees, as of Monday: 3

Size of crowd that tried to force its way into Tacloban airport to flee on military planes: 1,000

Time it took an aid vehicle to travel from Tacloban's airport to the city center, as of Monday: 6 hours

Length of the trip: 14 miles

Share of roads in the Philippines that are paved: 22.2 percent

Philippines' global rank on  infrastructure quality, per a 2011 World Economic Forum report: 113th

Its rank two years earlier: 94th

Philippine infrastructure spending, as share of GDP, in 2009: 1.9 percent

Infrastructure spending as share of GDP in Malaysia and Indonesia, respectively: 6 and 7 percent

Population of the Philippines: 97 million

People displaced by the storm: 631,795

Of those, the number living in evacuation centers: 449,416

People in need of food because of the storm: 2.5 million

Share of Philippines population living on less than $2 per day: 2 in 5

U.S. aid pledged so far: $20 million

Amount the U.S. paid to Spain for control of the Philippines, as part of an 1898 treaty: $20 million

Aid from Japan: $10 million

Aid from Australia: $9.6 million

Aid from China: $200,000

Funding requested by International Red Cross/Crescent: $95 million

Storm's estimated cost to the Philippines: $14 billion

U.S. Navy ships deployed for relief efforts: 11

U.S. naval personnel on those ships: about 5,000

Excess fresh water a U.S. aircraft carrier can produce, per day: 200,000 gallons

Volunteers who showed up at a Manila aid office: 1,906

Pressure inside typhoon Haiyan: 895 millibars

Normal atmospheric pressure at sea level: 1010 millibars

Pressure inside a standard vacuum cleaner: 800 millibars

Surge in sea level during the storm: 13 feet

Homes in coastal Leyte province "significantly damaged or destroyed": 90 percent

Amount sea levels rose in the 20th century: 0.8 inches

Expected rise from 2013 to 2050, attributable to climate change: 7.9 inches

Projected rise from 2050 to 2100, according to leaked intergovernmental report: More than 3 feet

Projected increase in average intensity of typhoons and hurricanes by 2100: 11 percent

Tropical cyclones that hit the Philippines every year, on average: between eight and nine

Days a Filipino delegate has pledged to fast, during current U.N. climate talks, to protest global inaction on climate change: 12

Local residents in Warsaw, where the talks are being held, joining in his fast: at least 100



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