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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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mavic.mateo
my family also victim of this Yolanda and until now I never heard them. do you think we are not worried? we are but doesn't mean we need to stay in the corner and cry.. you maybe see us smiling, laughing but deep inside us we are bleeding.. like our slogan says TYPHOON KA LANG FILIPINO AKO which is the spirit is strong..
ngsw
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.
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
Hong Kong and it's citizens should be EMBARRASSED beyond belief. 10,000 likely dead in the Philippines, and countries around the world lining up for relief efforts. Hong Kong meanwhile - one of the closest to the Philippines - says nothing and does nothing. No relief effort, nothing. Heck - even CANADA is helping. As a HK PR I am ashamed.
Even worse, some HK residents are still upset about that hostage situation over a year ago - why? A US-trained paramilitary force stormed the bus and one officer lost his life trying to save HK residents. And HK people demand an apology? for what? The HK government should apologize - for the scores of documented mistreated helpers (rape, violence, 'branding'), the lack of legal protection given to helpers, and for disallowing domestic helpers to ever apply for PR status.
The attitude of Hong Kong's citizens to the hostage situation was classless, arrogant and racist. But the reaction to this devastation in the Philippines is worse - it defies words - and cannot be defended.
carmeledwin
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?
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).
pharding81
Lame comment.
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...
cardcardso@yahoo.com
Please stop discussing the Manila bus massacre for the time being. Focus on those who desperately need assistance.
andypl
Nobody "needs" the Filipino migrant workers, HK should just ban them from working in the city for a year. The Filipino economy depends on overseas money sent back home. This should be an economic message. HKers need to stop employing these workers.

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