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Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, struck the Philippines in November 2013 with winds of up to 190 mph (305 kph). At least 10,000 people died in one Philippine province alone.

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At least 1,200 feared dead as super typhoon devastates Philippine towns

Death toll estimated at 1,200 but may soar after typhoon batters Philippines with winds and tsunami-like waves, and heads for Vietnam

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 November, 2013, 12:12pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 10 November, 2013, 10:20am
 

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One of the most powerful typhoons in history is believed to have killed 1,200 people in the Philippines, the Red Cross said yesterday, as rescue workers raced to reach towns devastated by tsunami-like waves.

A day after Typhoon Haiyan churned through the Philippine archipelago, rescue teams were struggling to reach far-flung regions but were hampered by washed-out roads, many choked with debris and fallen trees.

The death toll from the fast-moving storm was expected to rise sharply. The circumference of the typhoon eclipsed the whole country. Haiyan is expected to hit Vietnam this morning.

Among the hardest hit areas was coastal Tacloban in central Leyte province where more than 1,000 people were feared to have been killed as water surges rushed through the city, said Gwendolyn Pang, secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross.

Video: Super typhoon kills thousands in devastated Philippines

"More than 1,000 bodies were estimated to have been seen floating in Tacloban," she said. "In Samar, about 200 deaths."

At least 138 people were confirmed dead - 118 of which were in Tacloban - but Interior Secretary Max Roxas said it was too early to know how many people had died.

"We expect a very high number of fatalities," Roxas said as he arrived in Tacloban. "The devastation is ... I don't have the words for it. It's really horrific. It's a great human tragedy."

Witnesses said bodies covered in plastic were lying on the streets. Television footage shows cars piled on top of each other.

Aside from the ferocious winds, Haiyan generated storm surges that saw waves three metres high swamp coastal towns and race inland.

"The last time I saw something of this scale was in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami," said Sebastian Rhodes Stampa, head of the UN Disaster Assessment Co-ordination Team sent to Tacloban, referring to the 2004 earthquake and tsunami.

"This is destruction on a massive scale. There are cars thrown like tumbleweed and the streets are strewn with debris."

The category five "super typhoon" weakened to a category four yesterday, though forecasters said it could strengthen again over the South China Sea en route to Vietnam.

Authorities in Vietnam have started to call back boats and prepare for possible landslides. Nearly 300,000 people were moved to safer areas in two provinces alone. The army has been mobilised to provide emergency relief, with about 170,000 soldiers set to assist people after the typhoon hits.

Additional reporting by Agence France-Presse, Associated Press

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dctinker
Hong Kong and it's citizens should be EMBARRASSED beyond belief. 10,000 likely dead in the Philippines, and countries around the world lining up for relief efforts. Hong Kong meanwhile - one of the closest to the Philippines - says nothing and does nothing. No relief effort, nothing. Heck - even CANADA is helping. As a HK PR I am ashamed.
Even worse, some HK residents are still upset about that hostage situation over a year ago - why? A US-trained paramilitary force stormed the bus and one officer lost his life trying to save HK residents. And HK people demand an apology? for what? The HK government should apologize - for the scores of documented mistreated helpers (rape, violence, 'branding'), the lack of legal protection given to helpers, and for disallowing domestic helpers to ever apply for PR status.
The attitude of Hong Kong's citizens to the hostage situation was classless, arrogant and racist. But the reaction to this devastation in the Philippines is worse - it defies words - and cannot be defended.
chanaa
really sad, but such is the force of mother nature. Aquino & the people of phils have more to worry about than HK's self serving politicians & their people's greed.
jeffines
Really tragic.
Hum-Balang
It's unfortunate that the PH's in the path of hurricanes as well as the ring-of-fire, and after the colonizations of Spaniards, the Yanks and the reign of Marco, you don't think the Filipinos have had enough to rise up to the current continual impoverishments. The PH really does need to get its house in order to shore up its ordinances to phase out cardboard houses and lack of infrastructure, in order to better brace itself, nationwide, against the wraths of gods like the one you had. If there is a charity NGO in the PH that can help the victims of this hurricane, I will donate to help.
Please don't make it sound as though PH and Filipino had any say about its geography to buffer the weather for HK and Vietnam. Ask the PH government to help and care for its people, the gods will begin to hear you.
mercedes2233
'The gods'! Hm.
davemap2000@yahoo.com
Philippine is the natural barrier for Hong Kong on Pacific Typhoons. Philippines make those typhoon weak before reaching Hong Kong as they absorb a lot of its power. I hope the Hong Kong Legislator have considered it before imposing those anti-Philippine sanction..How many dies in the Philippine and loses home and property to make the typhoon weak for other country like Hong Kong to enjoy their life they have now.
Going Places
I want to help my domestic helper's family whose home is destroyed. Has anyone got any idea how much it is to rebuild a basic house in the countryside?
skywalker
That depends on how you build the house. If it should stand a severe taifun, then the costs could go up to 100-200k HKD for just a very small house. The reason why each time after these storms the damage is so high in the Philippines is the very weak structure of the building and the houses. They just are torn apart and the rubble being blown around crashes everything and everyone near by to death. If they could afford a more stable structure for their houses, there would be much less damage and casualties after a taifun.
wwong888
probably like 40k hkd
Stephan
A nice initiative! It shows to good side of HK!

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