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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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The Philippines will always be a US colony and party stop with for its servicemen. Its an uneducated country whose government has had many years to improve the wealth of its citizens and yet has not done so due to decades of corruption. No country really needs them and yet their government has no humility but willingly begs for help from its neighbors. Yes the neighbors should help them but their own country needs to show some humility and class. Its poverty and lack of education has gone on forever.
One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded hit the Philippines may reveal China’s attitude towards the Philippines. American rapid response will be seen as commendable, especially when compared to the lack of response by China/Hong Kong. This will win the hearts and minds of the Filipino people as the Americans have come to the aid of the Philippines. It must be pointed out that the US has a presence in the Philippines. However, a failure in China to show concern for the Filipino people will only push them further into the hands of the US. Let’s not forget, that the Filipinos had removed the US from Subic bay, however with China’s increasing presence and territory claims in the South China Sea this may be only a temporary closure by China’s attitude towards the Philippines.
What can modernisation do to stop a storm of such ferocity? It's nature, stupid, and don't pretend you care. In the face of such selfish arrogance, it is little wonder the other Asian peoples hate the Chinese.
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.
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 ?
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.
I stand corrected in the figures, still this money could be better spent in helping their own people and in rebuilding. One can always put back non-urgent expenditure to a later date.
carmeledwin, u need to get your facts right. Its not 400bio USD, its 40 ! 400 bio usd is the gdp of philippines.
U sound like a politician
Please stop arguing here at this sad time. Being a Hongkonger. I truly wish all those affected Philippinos can restore to normal life very soon. May Glod Bless Philippines.
Andypl ... keep blaming others for their misfortune including natural disasters ... so you will never need to help anyone and hopefully you will never need help yourself ... so when you die you have made no difference in this world ...



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