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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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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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carmeledwin
Before we bash each other to death, I like to remind anyone who is thinking of sending supplies to help and who are not Filipinos please if you send money or supplies to help the people of "The Philippines". I suggest to send your money or supplies to the Philippine Red Cross and not to any Government official because by other people's experience they will only gave one kilo of rice one instant noodles, one can of sardine and 50 Pesos. Incidentally 50 Pesos cannot get you anything.
dctinker
Easy to explain: most helpers left Sunday morning for their day off. The news of the devastation was only breaking then and most did not know. Many are happy as being outside is a great relief from their oppressive work conditions where the HK gov refuses to limit the hours that they work (a contravention of the UN Charter of human rights)...
dctinker
This is a silly response. The commando operation did not go well, but it was a difficult situation and one officer lost his life trying to defend HK citizens. Get over it. Who should really apologize? Data gathered by the Mission for Migrant Workers, shows that 18 per cent of Filipinos in HK suffer physical abuse and 6 per cent sexual abuse (that is 12,000 a year). This was rated by the same agency as 5x the number of complaints per capita as the second "worst country". HK citizens should see this commando hearing as Legco's simple attempt to earn populist points because they can not discuss the key issues that HK citizens demand...
honkiepanky
@ivan.c.chung: actually it is relevant. The death toll from the typhoon should remind everyone that the Philippines is a very poor country with a government that has limited capacity to protect its own citizens from acts of God or random acts of violence.

It is the height of arrogance and selfishness for HKers to demand an apology from the Philippines for failing to provide pampered HK tourists with protections that that the country cannot even provide for its own citizens.
HK-Lover
Mr. CY Leung,
Please show that HK and its people have compassion and that WE (the HK government and people) know what to do when other countries are in distress. Send support in form of water, food, medication, rescuers etc. to help !
European countries have done so already and they are at the other end of the world. Good neighbors should be the first once to be there when needed.
And by the way, it will teach the government of the Philippines how to do things right in the event of disaster. Helping them as our neighbors when they need us will make them much faster to seriously address the bus kidnapping in the appropriate way then any ridiculous blackmailing such as scrapping the visa free access.
babyhenry
I am just glad that the woman who helped raised me is safe and sound with her family in Philippine.
Artie
CY some leadership and response required such as medical supplies, tents, personnel ... HK being one of the top 10 economy in the World and a neighbor needs to help
dienw
Similarly, China should ditch its space programme, aircraft carrier orders, and expensive infrastructure projects and stop hosting expensive events like the Olympics and Shanghai Expo and instead spend the money on dealing with the grinding poverty of millions of its citizens and clean up its filthy air and water (rather than regularly relying on Western charities like Oxfam to do basic humanitarian work for it).
jihm.ramones
I find it funny that there are so many Filipinos posting hateful and shameful words on this HK publication. It's Monday...shouldn't you all be working? Work harder, make more money, rebuild our country. Dummies.
jimmybabe
I have every sympathy for the tragedy, so many lives lost in such a short time. But I just wonder why so many here, purported readers of the SCMP, have found in every way to raise the Race card against HK, in particular against the local Chinese, over every issue possible. They seem have an agenda which has become quite obvious now. Furthermore, when I came across the local Filapino maids who gathered in the usual places on Sunday, I was perplexed to see that they were cheerful, happy, and nobody seemed worried about the develeopment in their own homeland, not evenly own domestic maid. Just wonder if anybody can explain this phenomenon to me.

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