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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.


Philippines Typhoon Haiyan death toll exceeds 10,000 as rescue effort continues

Rescue workers overwhelmed by sheer scale of devastation after Haiyan wreaks havoc in what could be the Philippines' worst natural disaster

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 10 November, 2013, 10:06am
UPDATED : Monday, 11 November, 2013, 6:11pm

As many as 10,000 people are believed to have died in one Philippine province alone as one of the worst storms on record ravaged several central islands, burying people under tonnes of debris and leaving corpses hanging from trees.

The horrifying estimates - which would make it the country's worst recorded natural disaster - came as rescue workers appeared overwhelmed in their efforts to help countless survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Hundreds of police and soldiers were deployed to contain looters in Tacloban, the devastated provincial capital of Leyte, while the United States announced it had responded to a Philippine government appeal and would send military help.

Video: More than 10,000 feared dead in typhoon-ravaged Philippines

"There's an awful lot of casualties, a lot of people dead all over the place, a lot of destruction," Richard Gordon, head of the Philippine Red Cross, told the BBC.
"It's absolute bedlam right now, but hopefully it will turn out better as more and more supplies get into the area."

Authorities were struggling to even understand the sheer magnitude of the disaster, let alone react to it, with the regional police chief for Leyte saying 10,000 people were believed to have died in that province alone.

"We had a meeting last night with the governor and, based on the government's estimates, initially there are 10,000 casualties [dead]," Chief Superintendent Elmer Soria said in Tacloban. "About 70 to 80 per cent of the houses and structures along the typhoon's path were destroyed."

The destruction extends well beyond Tacloban. Officials had yet to make contact with Guiuan, a town of 40,000 that was hit first by the typhoon. Baco, a city of 35,000 people in Oriental Mindoro province, was 80 per cent under water, the UN said.

On the island of Samar, a local disaster chief said 300 people were killed in the small town of Basey. He added another 2,000 were missing there and elsewhere on Samar, which was one of the first areas to be hit when Haiyan swept in from the Pacific Ocean with maximum sustained winds of 315km/h.

President Benigno Aquino said while visiting Tacloban that looting had emerged as a major concern. "We will send about 300 police and soldiers to ... bring back peace and order," he said.

Haiyan moved out of the Philippines and into the South China Sea on Saturday, from where it tracked towards Vietnam. Although it weakened out at sea, more than 600,000 people were evacuated in Vietnam ahead of its expected landfall this morning.

China was also bracing for the approaching storm. Some 250 flights were delayed or cancelled at the international airport in the Hainan tourist hub of Sanya . A nearby highway was also shut down. Guangdong-Hainan train-ferry services were suspended.

About 16,000 passengers were left stranded, mainland media reported.

Xinhua reported that six sailors were missing from a Guangxi cargo ship after it was blown out to sea from a Sanya harbour. According to the online news portal of Haikou , Hainan province was hit by strong winds and heavy rain.

Video: Super Typhoon Haiyan makes landfall in the Philippines

Additional reporting by Reuters, Mimi Lau


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OK, Mr. CY Leung, please show some leadership and unleash all available govt resources to help the Filipinos devastated by the recent storm. If we can spend billions on unneeded cruise terminals and bridges to nowhere, surely we can spare a few hundred million for emergency relief for our neighbors.
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.
So, does HK still want compensation from the P'pines or will it show compassion and solidarity after such a devastating event?
If a big typhoon devastates hong kong one day
Are they also going to ask God to apologize ?
Let's call a truce for the time being. Playing the 'Schandefreude' card shouldn't be in bona fide HKer DNA. What's happening in Talcoban is heart-wrenching. I would take heed of the advise below to donate money directly to the Philippines Red Cross. I am unable to explain the unbecoming behaviour displayed by some people here. Probably Chinese people pretending to be a HKer here?
Too much negative influence imported by the PRC 'retaliation' attitude?
Look forward to hearing about HK's humanitarian response
The HK reaction shows just how self centred its people are.
400billion USd for 12 planes....interesting stats you keep spewing up. Shame you are completely ignorant of either the real deal or basic math.
400billion USD = 400,000,000,000
The actual FA50 deal is about 450million USD. I won't check the other amount, but presumably you are wrong again on that
Maybe Manilla wouldn't have to be wasting money on defence spending if certain countries weren't claiming islands thousands of miles from their coast (and relatively few miles from Philipino MAINLAND!)
Going Places
I too am reluctant to donate to "charities" in the Philippines. So I gave money to my helper for her family to buy food, medicine and material to rebuilt the family home.
At a time like this we should find the compassion in us to help our fellow human beings, not to bicker about differences, prejudices.
BTW another way is to donate goods instead of cash as they can easily be misspend even by reputable organisation.
I personally dont like to give cash, but find donating can foods and clothing to be much more helpful. I've have asked my domestic helper whether she have anyways to send those foods back.... I am sure some will question the honesty of my domestic helper the only thing I got to say, I trust her as she has work with us for the past 5 years and diligently taken care of my Grandmother, for which I am most grateful.
and donating hygienic products like wet tissue, band aid, etc is very helpful too.



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