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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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Why don't you shut up, you evil minded, spiteful racist?
Camel I hear these comments on misappropriation of funds all the time its human greed and not just third world countries including US, Australia, China ... if you don't want to help then don't why be spiteful
So why insulting the Chinese if they still haven't responded? And now you can see it for yourself. There was a response from China and they are willing to help and what kinds comments from the Philippinos here followed to this response? See it for yourself. So don't complain. Spend less on warefare and modernize your infrastructure.
Meaning the live of the people of the Philippines is much more valuable and more tragically if lost than the life of HKners?
A part of my relatives and colleagues were in Sichuan when the big earthquake happened and also there a "tremendous amount of lives were lost". China did receive international help and China did help themselves. BUT hadn't demanded from their neighbors to help or blame them for lack of "response". So, don't lecture me about the value of life and the pain of losing friends and people you love or know.
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.
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.
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..
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..
Lame comment.
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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