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Statements from the provincial governor where leyte island is. which got hit the hardest from the hurricane, claims that at least 10,000 were killed. The main city in that island, Tacloban, has been basically destroyed.

Before Haiyan hit, it was already recorded as among the strongest such storm ever recorded. Max speeds were recorded at 195 mph/314 kph at landfall- while there were systems that were at this level or exceeded, they were recorded with less robust equipment compared to what we have currently. Considering pressure/intensity, Haiyan was recorded at 895 mbar, which is the second strongest in the northwest pacific.

The system has passed over the Philippines, and there is now a very substantial task of relief to be delivered to the area. This is compounded by some areas still recovering by an earthquake that hit the area back in 2012.

Thousands dead from Typhoon Haiyan as scale of destruction in Philippines becomes clear - The Washington Post

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Thousands dead from Typhoon Haiyan as scale of destruction in Philippines becomes clear By Associated Press, Published: November 9 | Updated: Sunday, November 10, 5:56 PM

TACLOBAN, Philippines — Corpses hung from trees, were scattered on sidewalks or buried in flattened buildings — some of the thousands believed killed in one Philippine city alone by ferocious Typhoon Haiyan that washed away homes and buildings with powerful winds and giant waves.

As the scale of devastation became clear Sunday from one of the worst storms ever recorded, officials said emergency crews could find more bodies when they reach parts of the archipelago cut off by flooding and landslides. Desperate residents raided grocery stores and gas stations in search of food, fuel and water as the government began relief efforts and international aid operations got underway.

Even in a nation regularly beset by earthquakes, volcanoes and tropical storms, Typhoon Haiyan appears to be the deadliest natural disaster on record.

Haiyan hit the eastern seaboard of the Philippines on Friday and quickly barreled across its central islands, packing winds of 235 kph (147 mph) that gusted to 275 kph (170 mph), and a storm surge of 6 meters (20 feet).

Its sustained winds weakened to 120 kph (74 mph) as the typhoon made landfall in northern Vietnam early Monday after crossing the South China Sea, according to the Hong Kong meteorological observatory. Authorities there evacuated hundreds of thousands of people.

Hardest hit in the Philippines was Leyte Island, where regional Police Chief Elmer Soria said the provincial governor had told him there were about 10,000 dead, primarily from drowning and collapsed buildings. Most were in Tacloban, the provincial capital of about 200,000 people that is the biggest city on the island.

Reports also trickled in indicating deaths elsewhere on the island.

On Samar Island, Leo Dacaynos of the provincial disaster office said 300 people were confirmed dead in one town and another 2,000 were missing, with some towns yet to be reached by rescuers. He pleaded for food and water, adding that power was out and there was no cellphone signal, making communication possible only by radio.

Reports from other affected islands indicated dozens, perhaps hundreds more deaths.

With communications still knocked out in many areas, it was unclear how authorities were arriving at their estimates of the number of people killed, and it will be days before the full extent of the storm is known.

“On the way to the airport, we saw many bodies along the street,” said Philippine-born Australian Mila Ward, 53, who was waiting at the Tacloban airport to catch a military flight back to Manila, about 580 kilometers (360 miles) to the northwest. “They were covered with just anything — tarpaulin, roofing sheets, cardboard.” She said she passed “well over 100” bodies.

In one part of Tacloban, a ship had been pushed ashore and sat amid damaged homes.

Haiyan inflicted serious damage to at least six of the archipelago’s more than 7,000 islands, with Leyte, Samar and the northern part of Cebu appearing to bear the brunt of the storm. About 4 million people were affected by the storm, the national disaster agency said.

Video from Eastern Samar province’s Guiuan township — the first area where the typhoon made landfall — showed a trail of devastation. Many houses were flattened and roads were strewn with debris and uprooted trees. The ABS-CBN video showed several bodies on the street, covered with blankets.

“Even me, I have no house, I have no clothes. I don’t know how I will restart my life, I am so confused,” an unidentified woman said, crying. “I don’t know what happened to us. We are appealing for help. Whoever has a good heart, I appeal to you — please help Guiuan.”

The Philippine National Red Cross said its efforts were hampered by looters, including some who attacked trucks of food and other relief supplies it was shipping to Tacloban from the southern port of Davao.

Tacloban’s two largest malls and grocery stores were looted, and police guarded a fuel depot. About 200 police officers were sent into Tacloban to restore law and order.

With other rampant looting reported, President Benigno Aquino III said he was considering declaring a state of emergency or martial law in Tacloban. A state of emergency usually includes curfews, price and food supply controls, military or police checkpoints and increased security patrols.

The massive casualties occurred even though the government had evacuated nearly 800,000 people ahead of the typhoon.

Aquino flew around Leyte by helicopter on Sunday and landed in Tacloban. He said the government’s priority was to restore power and communications in isolated areas and deliver relief and medical assistance.

Challenged to respond to a disaster of such magnitude, the Philippine government also accepted help from abroad.

President Barack Obama said in a statement that he and his wife, Michelle, were “deeply saddened” by the deaths and damage from the typhoon. He said the U.S. was providing “significant humanitarian assistance” and was ready to assist in relief and recovery efforts.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel directed the Pacific Command to deploy ships and aircraft to support search-and-rescue operations and fly in emergency supplies.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was “extremely concerned” by the widespread destruction and the steeply rising death toll, according to a statement released by his office.

Ban said the U.N. and its humanitarian partners “have quickly ramped up critical relief operations” even though many communities remain difficult to reach, the statement added.

Pope Francis led tens of thousands of people at the Vatican in prayer for the victims. The Philippines has the largest number of Catholics in Asia, and Filipinos are one of Rome’s biggest immigrant communities.

The Philippines is annually buffeted by tropical storms and typhoons, which are called hurricanes and cyclones elsewhere. The nation is in the northwestern Pacific, right in the path of the world’s No. 1 typhoon generator, according to meteorologists. The archipelago’s exposed eastern seaboard often bears the brunt.

Even by the standards of the Philippines, however, Haiyan is a catastrophe of epic proportions and has shocked the impoverished and densely populated nation of 96 million people. Its winds were among the strongest ever recorded, and it appears to have killed more people than the previous deadliest Philippine storm, Thelma, in which about 5,100 people died in the central Philippines in 1991.

The country’s deadliest disaster on record was the 1976 magnitude-7.9 earthquake that triggered a tsunami in the Moro Gulf in the southern Philippines, killing 5,791 people.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said Aquino was “speechless” when he told him of the devastation in Tacloban.

“I told him all systems are down,” Gazmin said. “There is no power, no water, nothing. People are desperate. They’re looting.”

Tacloban, in the east-central Philippines, is near the Red Beach on Leyte Island where U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur waded ashore in 1944 during World War II and fulfilled his famous pledge: “I shall return.”

It was the first city liberated from the Japanese by U.S. and Filipino forces and served as the Philippines’ temporary capital for several months. It is also the hometown of former Filipino first lady Imelda Marcos, whose nephew, Alfred Romualdez, is the city’s mayor.

One Tacloban resident said he and others took refuge inside a Jeep, but the vehicle was picked up by a surging wall of water.

“The water was as high as a coconut tree,” said 44-year-old Sandy Torotoro, a bicycle taxi driver who lives near the airport with his wife and 8-year-old daughter. “I got out of the Jeep and I was swept away by the rampaging water with logs, trees and our house, which was ripped off from its mooring.

“When we were being swept by the water, many people were floating and raising their hands and yelling for help. But what can we do? We also needed to be helped,” Torotoro said.

In Torotoro’s village, bodies were strewn along the muddy main road as now-homeless residents huddled with the few possessions they managed to save. The road was lined with toppled trees.

UNICEF estimated that 1.7 million children live in areas affected by the typhoon, according to the agency’s representative in the Philippines, Tomoo Hozumi. UNICEF’s supply division in Copenhagen was loading 60 metric tons of relief supplies for an emergency airlift expected to arrive in the Philippines on Tuesday.

“The devastation is ... I don’t have the words for it,” Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said. “It’s really horrific. It’s a great human tragedy.”

In Vietnam, about 600,000 people living in the central region who had been evacuated returned to their homes Sunday after a weakened Haiyan changed directions and took aim at the country’s north.

Four people in three central Vietnamese provinces died while trying to reinforce their homes for the storm, the national floods and storms control department said Sunday.


Associated Press writers Oliver Teves and Teresa Cerojano in Manila, Minh Tran in Hanoi, Vietnam, and Kirsten Grieshaber in Berlin contributed to this report.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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#2 5 years ago

It sounds like a really bad storm but I don't understand how there could be that many casualties.

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You get hit by a flying bit of debris or washed away, that's an easy way to die I'd imagine. We're talking about a storm powerful enough to wash cargo ships up onto land after all.

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Some more conservative casualty tolls have been provided by the Phillippines government body for disasters, putting it at 1798 reported dead, though not confirmed by the body itself. BBC has an article breaking down the event, especially on the issue of providing relief and issues with looting and other disorder with the vacuum in security.

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#5 5 years ago

Yeah, that's quite a difference from the 10,000 figure NPR put out this past weekend.

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MrFancypants;5718022It sounds like a really bad storm but I don't understand how there could be that many casualties.

The main thing is how well the infrastructure of a city is. Cities in first-world countries are usually built to withstand things like hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes. I don't know much about the Philippines, but from what I've heard it sounds like a slightly-better version of Haiti, a place where there is practically nothing that can survive a major storm. So you've got houses flooded with water dragging people away, you've got collapsing ceilings, people drowning in their cars, etc. It also depends on how well the immediate relief is, some countries will have organisations getting people to safety right away, some don't respond until the storm is done. My guess is Philippines doesn't do this.

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Why are there no casualty reports of it's impact on Vietnam?

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Killer Kyle;5718185Why are there no casualty reports of it's impact on Vietnam?

Vietnamese state media provide a figure of at least 13 dead and 81 wounded.

Typhoon Haiyan death toll rises to 13 | VOV Online Newspaper

Typhoon Haiyan death toll rises to 13 (VOV) -At least 13 people were killed and 81 others were injured after typhoon Haiyan, packing winds of 117kph, ripped through north-central and northern provinces.

Haiyan makes landfall, weakens into depression Numerous flights affected by typhoon Haiyan Typhoon Haiyan changes course, threatens north According to the National Committee for Search and Rescue, most of the victims were reinforcing their houses or trimmed trees when Haiyan hit.

The storm was downgraded after making landfall and is currently striking China’s border provinces.

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai is inspecting post-storm clean-up efforts in Haiphong which was battered by Haiyan early on November 11.

Initial reports showed Haiyan uprooted big trees and tore away large advertising boards, blocking major roads in the inner city. Relevant forces were mobilized to clear piles of debris to ensure smooth traffic.

Thanks to thorough preparations, the storm did not cause any human and property losses when it slammed into Haiphong’s Cat Hai island district.

Most houses and public works had been reinforced and fishing vessels had been called in before Haiyan made landfall.

In neighbouring Quang Ninh province, Haiyan peeled off dozens of houses, and knocked out power and communications. Many places in the province are living without electricity.

Elsewhere, the storm, accompanied by strong winds and heavy rain, caused excessive property damage to north-central and northern provinces, including Thai Binh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Quang Ngai.

To my knowledge there's been no attention by other media about the hurricane's effects there but it doesn't seem to have affected them as badly as it did with the Philippines, combination of having more time to evacuate and probably the storm weakening too. The same website provides an article from when it made landfall which it recorded at 72mph /117 kph and slowing to about 38 mph-42 mph/ 62-88 kph.

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Weird episode occurs today after it was seen that the Chinese government gave aid totaling $100,000 to the Philippines. China isn't on the best of terms with the Philippines due to the Philippines being a close US ally as well as disputes over territory in the south china sea. Still, the international attention on this seems to have pushed them into contributing a larger amount of $1.6 million, though this places it lower than the amounts given by the US and its allies.

As for the Philippines, aid seems to be beginning to be distributed but there is still many areas not being reached. Lack of supplies has led to people taking more direct measures to get them or others trying to exploit the situation. Government seems to be responding slowly on top of existing issues with infrastructure, mismanagement, and corruption. Smaller outlying villages and islands haven't been accounted for yet.

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Death toll has gone over 3,000 now according to different sources, upwards of about 2 million are displaed in Letye

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A week after super-typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines, survivors still have no food or clean water and large numbers of bodies lie unburied.

President Benigno Aquino will return to Leyte province on Saturday amid widespread criticism of Manila's lack of preparation for the storm and the slowness of aid delivery. Authorities acknowledged on Friday that supplies had yet to reach many remote areas.

"We need to double our efforts because, if this drags on, [people] will grow desperate," the president said as he visited a packing station for relief supplies on Thursday night, urging Filipinos to do more to help those in need.

The death toll had reached 3,261, officials said, with the state news agency reporting that more than 12,000 were injured.

"I hope [the death toll] will not rise any more. I hope that is the final number ... If it rises, it will probably be very slight," said Eduardo del Rosario, director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

The mayor of devastated Tacloban cited figures of 4,000 dead across the central Philippines, while the United Nations put the toll at 4,460, but later said it was reviewing that figure.

Earlier this week, Aquino said the loss of life would probably be around 2,000 to 2,500, and dismissed a local estimate of 10,000 as overstated and caused by "emotional trauma". The regional police chief who gave that figure to the media was removed from his post on Thursday night. A police spokesman said Elma Soria was transferred to headquarters in Manila due to an "acute stress reaction".

The Red Cross put the number of missing at 25,000, from 22,000 on Thursday, but noted that it could include people who have since been located.

Authorities say 18,000 people are now involved in the rescue and relief effort. The flow of aid to the affected area has increased dramatically in the last two days as international aircraft, ships and personnel, including a US aircraft carrier group, have arrived to speed up distribution. On Friday a Norwegian merchant navy training vessel docked with World Food Programme supplies, including 40 tonnes of rice, medical equipment and 6,200 body bags.

But with many roads still blocked and communications barely operating, survivors were increasingly frustrated and alarmed by the inadequacy or total lack of supplies.

An official update on relief efforts on Friday morning said aid had reached only 30 of 40 towns in Leyte province, where the typhoon – known in the Philippines as Yolanda – wreaked terrible damage.

The defence secretary, Voltaire Gazmin, told the Associated Press: "There are just a few more areas in Leyte and Samar that have not been reached and our hope is that we will reach all these areas today, 100%."

In Marabut, across the bay from Tacloban and where every one of the 15,946 homes was destroyed, relief supplies finally arrived on Thursday afternoon.

"We feel totally forgotten," the local government official Mildred Labado told AP, hours before the sacks of food arrived.

"Only places like Tacloban are getting attention … But we are also victims. We also need help."

The mayor, Percival Ortillo Jr, said the goods would sustain residents for only one or two days: "It's just not enough".

An official bulletin said power had only been fully restored in four of the 20 provinces which suffered damage to the supply. Three more had partial restorations of power.

The socio-economic planning secretary, Arsenio Balisacan, said a government taskforce would prepare a detailed recovery and reconstruction plan in two to three weeks. He said annual economic growth was likely to be cut to 6.5-7%, down from the previous government estimate of 7.3%.

The UK-based risk analysis firm Maplecroft said the Philippines was the country most at risk from natural disasters. Such catastrophes cost the country an average of $1.6bn (£994m) a year, according to an Asian Development Bank estimate.

Officials in Manila said foreign countries had pledged $97m in aid. In the UK, the Disasters Emergency Committee said its appeal had raised more than £30m in days.

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