TODAY   |  November 15, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan death toll topping 3,600

The United States, along with help from the Israel Defense Forces, continues to provide medical support and supplies to people displaced by the massive Typhoon Haiyan. NBC chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports the death toll is rising to 3,600.

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>>> the death toll in the philippines skyrocketing overnight. natalie is on that story. good morning to you.

>> good morning, guys. it's been a week after typhoon haiyan struck the philippines and they're making a massive effort to get to them. now topping 3600 people and aid is now pouring in from all across the globe and dr. nancy snyderman continues in cebu, philippine with the very latest. nancy, good morning.

>> reporter: good morning, natalie. we heard a lot of sad stories this week and now we're starting to talk about hope but we haven't talked about all the philippines that have been affected. so today the israelis opened up shop in a little area that's had very little attention. the world has descended on the philippines this past week and quitely with no fanfare the israeli defense force arrived too. they brought their medical expertise to a small town few people have heard of, a drive north of cebu. israelis are known for security, top notch medicine and moving quickly. dealing with disaster is no exception. they arrived yesterday and opened their gates today. problems range from accidents, respiratory problems, fever, and dehydration. they're not seeing the trauma witnessed on the other islands.

>> what's the problem?

>> diabetes.

>> oh, diabetes. will you leave equipment behind?

>> we will not take medical supplies that are needed in this region of the world, take them back to israel.

>> reporter: but amid the lost houses and illness, there's also happiness. one hour after their doors were opened, the first baby was born.

>> congratulations mom. typhoon hit your family hard?

>> yes.

>> you must have been very scared being pregnant.

>> yes.

>> the baby boy 's name, israel, of course.

>> reporter: so one of the doctors who was part of the search team said, one, people lost their homes. two, they lost their crops, and three, they're so much poorer than some of the other towns that have been profiled, it's, in fact, going to take them longer to come back