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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
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
mavic.mateo
sad thing is Hong Kong and China never send any aid or help ever since in the Philippines...even though Philippines sent some aids to China in 2008 earthquake.. they are care less about their neighbor..
hkpcg
****edition.cnn.com/2013/11/09/world/iyw-how-to-help-typhoon-haiyan/index.html
rpasea
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.
cardcardso@yahoo.com
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?
babyhenry
Typical HK low life, always trying to blame someone else for their own arrogance.
Those politicians in Legco notably the pan dems must not be HKer's now eh?
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.
archipelago
And when the rain blows
and as shadows grow close don't be afraid
There's nothing we can't face
We can make it through the rain
We can stand up once again on my own
And we know that we're strong enough to mend
And every time we feel afraid
We hold tighter to our faith
And we live one more day
And we make it through the rain
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I demand the HK Chinese government to finalize the sanctions and publish worldwide, as if we care. In "meow" or Cantonese tone, "kwik, kwik la"! HK is just a small Chinese city with nothing special in this century seriously. Oh wait, on behalf of her majesty and the british empire, I demand apologies for the british pilot stabbed in HK. And what's going on with the Lamma Island ferry tragedy??? how about the HK Chinese died in the ferry tragedy in Thailand, did u ask the kingdom of Thailand for apology to the little crying city of HK???
patrick.gifford.180
If a big typhoon devastates hong kong one day
Are they also going to ask God to apologize ?
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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