The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is on red alert to coordinate and organise its ongoing humanitarian assistance and relief operations in areas badly hit by typhoon Haiyan.

AFP spokesman Maj. Gen. Domingo Tutaan said the military is placed on red alert, starting on November 18, to ensure that all troops are prepared for relief operations.

Thousands of government troops and scores of land, sea, and air military units are involved in the ongoing relief and rehabilitation operations in Tacloban city and other areas in central Philippines devastated by typhoon Haiyan.

According to figures released by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on November 19, t he strongest typhoon to make landfall this year killed 3,892 people and injured 18,267 others.

More than 1,600 people remain missing more than a week after the disaster, which also caused property and crop damage of 11.73 billion pesos (269.12 million USD).-VNA