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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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I am wondering who is here the racist. Seems you think you are in the rightful position to insult HK people but if we say something against it you call us a racist and to shut up. Delighted to see the culture of the discussion here.
Do you know what the most common comments of the international media regarding to rescue missions and donation to the Philippines are? "...pity that most of the funds will disappear and right into the hands of corrupt officials.....". Yes, call us racists and ignore the truth.
If you cannot see why us Hong Kongers should be embarrassed about the slow response to our neighbours, then that is truly pathetic and small. And your pettiness in dragging the bus tragedy into this is disheartening. A tremendous amount of lives have been lost and destruction on a scale that many of us cannot really imagine. Thoughts of quid-pro-quo shout not even come into this.
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?
My helper is free to watch TV, but she seems to be uninterested in watching what is happening in her country. Perhaps such tragedy is so common in Philippine that it doesn't bother her. I feel her stoicism on the disaster that shocks me. Perhaps there are many things more destructive than the typhoons, things that send her out to work in a foreign country, leaving her family behind.
The inexperienced and untrained police officers were trained by the United States? No wonder it did such a good job in teaching people what NOT to do in such a situation! Our SDU could have done a much better job, mind you they were trained by the SAS!
It is not just the lost of life that Hong Kong is demanding an apology. It is the way that the whole thing was handled, from the arrest of Mendoza's brother which was broadcast by their media and therefore seen by Mendoza, to the botched rescue attempt, to the people in charge of the rescue being away for supper, to the way that Aquino was grinning when he inspected the crime scene where so many people died and two people became permanently disabled, to Aquino protecting his cronies and not punished them as what the report from their own Justice Secretary recommend.
Maybe the Philippines should start helping herself by cancelling the order for the two warships from the United States, which will cost the country 400 Billion United States Dollars, and cancel the idea of buying 12 FA50 fighters from South Korea which will cost her another 400 Billion United States Dollars. That kind of money will go a long way in helping her people and in rebuilding the provinces destructed. I have not heard anything of the Philippines doing that yet. So does Aquino really cares?
Irrelevant. The two are not connected in anyway.

If you look down the list of donor nations you will find that the Philippines sent medical team and donated $450K to China ... poorer and badly managed for many years is Philippines but at least it has the heart and humanity to help its neighbour ... that I cannot say for some of the people writing here
@caractacus: poorly developed infrastructure, flimsy brick/wood/sheet metal construction, high population density, and cramped and squalid living conditions are highly correlated with how much damage a typhoon can cause to an area. I would hazard that the same storm passing through Hong Kong would not cause nearly the same level of damage.
One might ask why there are not more typhoon resistant buildings? Well, maybe the demand for such buildings far outstrips available supply. And since people need a roof over their heads, wood/sheet metal/brick buildings end up sufficing. Perhaps the real issue is the level of demand...
It is new to me, that other Asian countries hate the Chinese, so I don't see the substance of your comment. Yes, the typhoon was an act of god and no one could have prevented it. But with functional infrastructure and modern equipment and "skilled" government rescue teams, the help and rescue would have come earlier and much more faster.
You can see it yourself, areas, cities and communities are cut off and there is no way to help as the Philippine government lack of equipments to help.
Why should I pretending? I feel really sorry for the people but I don't see any reason to blame our government for this tragedy. Or should I donate thousands of dollars, hang a shield around my neck with the numbers of the amount I donated and proudly show it to the public that I care? Is that what you want from the HK and Chinese government? THAT is pathetic.
Spend less money on assault rifles and more on properly constructed homes. That way less Taiwanese and tourists get shot up and they're more resistant to forces of nature.



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