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Typhoon Haiyan: Thousands feared dead in Philippines
Police in the Philippines say they fear 10,000 people may have died in the devastation wreaked by Typhoon Haiyan.
The Philippine government has so far only confirmed the death of several hundred people after the storm struck.
But regional police chief Elmer Soria said he was told by the provincial governor of Leyte that there were about 10,000 deaths on the eastern island alone.
Something else I just noticed, our poster, "The Great Day", was talking about the town of Leyte. I noticed in the aftermath, the town of Leyte looked distroyed!!! I sure hope he, Phillipines, & our other few posters made it through....sorry if I pronounced it wrong, just worried for them...also heard, there is no communication from that area as of yet....God Bless Them.....edit on 11/9/13 by j.r.c.b. because: (no reason given)
The storm has already claimed its first victims in Vietnam, with local media reporting two people dead and 30 more injured in Quang Nam province Friday as a result of accidents during storm preparations.
TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — As many as 10,000 people are believed dead in one Philippine city alone after one of the worst storms ever recorded unleashed ferocious winds and giant waves that washed away homes and schools.
A huge international relief effort is also under way, but journalists and rescue workers at the scene say reaching areas affected by the storm is difficult.
MANILA, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- International assistance for relief and rehabilitation efforts in areas affected by typhoon Haiyan ( local name Yolanda) in the Philippines has reached to 2.37 billion pesos (54.38 million U.S. dollars), a senior government official said Tuesday.
Philippines' Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Raul Hernandez said in a news briefing that the assistance, which was provided by 33 countries and international organizations, was in the form of relief goods, financial aid, equipment and search and rescue
The Philippines suffers an estimated $1.6 billion in losses each year from the calamities, but this time around the damage is estimated at between $12 billion and $15 billion, Bloomberg reports citing Charles Watson, director of research and development at Kinetic Analysis Corp., a disaster-modelling firm. And while the official death toll now stands at 1,774, officials estimate about 10,000 people died and 673,000 were displaced by Friday’s devastating storm.
Countries from around the world are teaming up to help the devastated country, donating billions in financial aid.
Philippines President Benigno Aquino says the death toll from Friday's typhoon may be lower than first thought.
In an interview with CNN, he said the number of 10,000 killed was "too high" and the figure was more likely up to 2,500.
The UN says more than 11 million people are believed to have been affected and some 673,000 displaced.
The relief operation is being stepped up, but many are still without aid.
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At the scene
image of Jonathan Head Jonathan Head BBC News, Leyte
So where is the aid? That was the question on everyone's lips in the district of Pawing, outside Tacloban.
Nearly every house has either been flattened or left without roofs or windows. People are living amid the sodden debris that was once their homes.
They are wet, hungry, and increasingly angry. I watched them making the long trek into Tacloban in search of food, and returning empty-handed. One long queue outside a food warehouse quickly broke down into a free-for-all, people grabbing whatever they could.
The local government was pretty much wiped out by the typhoon. That's why the central government has taken over the running of Tacloban. But it is almost invisible. Without power or phone communications, people have no idea whether anything is being done for them.
The airport, while badly battered, is functioning. Planes come and go, several every hour. But they are not bringing much in, only taking people out. The Philippine army and police are very visible there, much less so in the rest of the city.
By day five of a disaster like this, you would expect to see some preparations for a scaled-up aid programme at the airport. There are still very few signs of that here.
Instead, there are still corpses, lying uncollected, at the end of the runway.
The earlier figure of 10,000 feared killed came from a police officer and local official and may have arisen from the "emotional trauma" of being at the centre of the disaster, Mr Aquino said.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The death toll from one of the strongest typhoons on record has risen above 5,000 and is likely to climb further, although recovery efforts are beginning to take hold, Philippine officials said Friday.