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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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artdig18
Not blaming HK Govt at all ... just requesting compassion and assistance in the face of a humanitarian disaster ... many ordinary people in Hong Kong have responded and so have many wealthy nations ... HK is 10th ranked ... Nice of our CEO to express sympathy but so far nothing else not even on postponement of sanctions he previously threatened.
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.
caractacus
This national disaster and the Manila bus tragedy have nothing to do with each other. Don't associate them because it only shows how self centred your thinking is.
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.
RMY
Given the PH Govt track record of graft and corruption from previous AID given to NGO scams, I'm really having reservations giving funds or sending merchandise to filipino friends in the PH. I'm afraid that the funds will be "pocketed" again by local municipal mayors or barangay chairman during this horrendous calamity, from water, tent, relief canned goods and all. I have doubts on almost ALL listed of the so called NGO's in PH with few exceptions. Maybe Red Cross PH Chapter is not as corrupt as the others or maybe TzuChi.Org too is okay. The rest seems bogus and seeking FREE P.R. at the expense of their fellow compatriots. Sad, isn't ?
carmeledwin
The Red Cross has a good record. 94.2% of donations reach the needy. The missing parts are for expenses in procuring supplies and hiring extra personnel needed to distribute. Another reliable organisation is Oxfam, which enjoys an excellent reputation worldwide. You can consider Methodist International Church, Lutheran Churches and St. John's Cathedral.
carmeledwin
Actually records show that over 92% of the monies do reach the needy through the Red Cross. This is reasonable as they have expenses for the purchase of supplies and to employ more people for distribution. Another organisation you can consider is Oxfam, which is also internationally recognize for being reliable.
babyhenry
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.
babyhenry
I am just glad that the woman who helped raised me is safe and sound with her family in Philippine.
SpeakFreely
First thing for hk to do is to extend the deadline for the sanction. We should give their government the first priority to work on relief and rebuilding.

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