Police and soldiers have the grim task of searching through the wreckage for bodies after entire villages and parts of cities were flattened.
Makeshift mortuaries, set up in remaining intact buildings like churches, are overrun and body bags are being left outside in rows.
Tens of millions of pounds worth of aid has been pledged by countries around the world and agencies say as many as 10million people in the developing country are in need of basic supplies such as shelter, clean water and food.
Children are particularly vulnerable in disasters. We fear for how many children have been washed away in floods, crushed under falling buildings and injured by flying debris.
'Many are separated from their families amid the devastation, and all are in desperate need of food, water and shelter.'
In the worst-hit areas, 235mph winds created 20ft waves that are thought to have killed between 10,000 and 15,000 and left 500,000 homeless after their houses were reduced to splinters.
Super-typhoon Haiyan struck with such force on Friday that entire villages were flattened, ships were swept inland and corpses were left hanging from trees.
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|A woman and child get on board an air force rescue plane bound for Cebu Island at an airport in Tacloban City. Charities are extremely concerned for the children in the typhoon-country, as they are particularly vulnerable''|
The Disasters Emergency Committee, made up of 14 UK charities, has made an emergency appeal for funds as fears continue that the death toll from the typhoon will rise and it is estimated that more than 10 million people will be left in need of aid.
The UK is deploying a Royal Navy warship and donating £10 million of humanitarian assistance in aid for the victims, Prime Minister David Cameron said.
Britain will also deploy RAF military transport aircraft to aid recovery efforts, earmarking at least one C-17 cargo plane to move humanitarian aid and large equipment.
David Cameron said: 'We've all seen the appalling devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan, with heart-breaking scenes played across our TV screens," Mr Cameron said.
'Today's Disasters Emergency Committee appeal launch is a vital step to ensure aid agencies can provide essential relief to those most affected by this unprecedented disaster.'
He added: 'I am proud that the British public have always shown an unfailing generosity for helping those in need and I know their response to this appeal will be no different.'
The Prime Minister is also sending a team of 12 British surgeon and paramedics.
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Meanwhile, Australia announced assistance of 10 million Australian dollars (£5.8 million) and the US government is organising emergency shipments of critically needed material and issuing an immediate 100,000 US dollars (£62,000) for relief efforts.
The United Nations today began an appeal for about £200million in aid to help people hit by the huge typhoon.
'We've just launched an action plan focusing on the areas of food, health, sanitation, shelter, debris removal and also protection of the most vulnerable with the government and I very much hope our donors will be generous,' humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told reporters in Manila
Japan said it will fly a relief team over to the ravaged country and Taiwan is sending 200,000 US dollars (£125,000) in aid.
DEC chief Salah Saeed told BBC Breakfast: 'There is a staggering number of people who need our help at the moment.
'The priority at the moment is reaching those in remote areas. We are obviously seeing pictures of people who have already been reached and those images that are before us are really staggering.
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'The priority, of course, is to reach those. The second is to make sure that we get food, water and shelter to them.
'It is a huge task but it is possible and we need help as soon as possible. We are urging people to log on to our website and help in any way that they can.'
The USS George Washington, which carries 5,000 sailors and more than 80 aircraft, has also been deployed by America to help distribute aid and evacuate injured survivors.
Handicap International said it was sending a team of emergency specialists to support the organisation's staff already working in the country. These specialists will help the most vulnerable individuals, such as people with disabilities, older people and children.
'The devastation is worse than in Bandah Aceh, Indonesia, following the 2004 tsunami,' Edith van Wijngaarden, the charity's programme director in the Philippines, said.
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