Deadly Typhoon Haiyan Devastates the Philippines, Heads for Vietnam

Officials estimate up to 10,000 dead in the Philippines, as Vietnam braces for the worst

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Filipinos walk past a victim left on the side of a street in the typhoon-devastated city of Tacloban, in the Philippines' Leyte province, on Nov. 9, 2013

The Philippines is reeling on Sunday from the mass destruction caused by Supertyphoon Haiyan, which officials estimate left up to 10,000 dead, while Vietnam braces for its battle with one of the most powerful storms on record.

Vietnam authorities have evacuated 883,000 people in 11 provinces across the country, Reuters reports, citing the government’s website. Haiyan has weakened since it swept through the Philippines, but Vietnam state media report that six people were killed and dozens injured as the supertyphoon neared the coast.

In the Philippines, authorities are grappling with devastation across 36 provinces, according to the national disaster agency. Haiyan, which first hit Samar province Friday as the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, sustained winds of up to 195 m.p.h. with gusts of up to 235 m.p.h. The tsunami-like storm surge wiped out cities and towns, devastated agricultural areas and drowned thousands of people. Police chief superintendent Elmer Soria said it destroyed 70% to 80% of structures in the city of Tacloban, capital of Leyte province, which was hit the hardest.

Aid assistance has already begun, with the European Commission committing $4 million, the U.S. embassy providing $100,000 for health, water and sanitation support, and Australia announcing it would donate an initial $358,900 in relief support. British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted the U.K. will provide $9.6 million in aid, the Guardian reports. U.S. Marines stationed in Okinawa are also heading to the Philippines to assist.

The World Food Programme said it planned to airlift 40 metric tons of high-energy biscuits, emergency supplies and communications equipment.

The Philippines’ President Benigno Aquino III said the government has deployed 300 soldiers and officials to help restore order after reports of mass looting among the wreckage. Aquino said he was considering implementing martial law or a state of emergency in Tacloban as a means of security for victims.

[Reuters]

179 comments
wps.mohid.syed
wps.mohid.syed

i dunno why they were hit.... i mean, filipino people are so nice.... all i can do is pray 

AND THATS COMIN FROM A 5 YEAR OLD



NareshJain
NareshJain

Matter of concern is why even after knowing that a typhoon is about to come, the people were not moved to safer place. As far as why these hurricane or typhone come, sea & ocens always had such things since sea were there on earth, but their frequency may less or more, there is no conclusive evidence that it is because of global warming. Biggest reason for global warming is human need for energy in its various forms, heat electricity, the production of which produce carbon dioxide as it's by product. So either we reduce energy consumption, or increase green cover so that CO 2 is converted back to oxygen. Green cover as it act as buffer to change in temperature on earth, will save it from extreme heat or cold, happening too quickly. But for that human needs for food needs reduction, which has increased many fold due to increase of world population from 100 crores to 700 crores in last 110 years.

Abiot Alebachew
Abiot Alebachew

I pray to you never to face it again!. What a heart breaking phenomenon. I think we humans do not deserve this and the like catastrophes. We Ethiopians are ready to stand at your side at this moment.

Cecilie Høgh
Cecilie Høgh

god bless......... n may the world have the Power to help those in need! thoughts n prayers are With those who suffer!

Alice Eason
Alice Eason

Dina Lamorena Barreras...do you have any extended family in the Philipines?

Lourens Coetzer
Lourens Coetzer

And how is that going to help? I think you should start sending money instead!

Lourens Coetzer
Lourens Coetzer

This is tragic! We should all give aid in any way we can. Even if each of us donate just 1 £/€/$ that will make a big difference to help these people rebuild their lives.

Dilip Karma
Dilip Karma

this type of catastrophe or more devastating scenario will be witnessed by future generation too..until and unless we do something to reduce global warming and its consequences rather than praying god for victims or homeless we should pray god for the world leaders to formulate the policies to reduce production of green house gas and other factors..i wish god give world leaders right way and concise.

Alice Eason
Alice Eason

Sounds like a very good time to pray!

Celine Parra
Celine Parra

This is devastating and heartbreaking! >:(

Thanh Tam Tran
Thanh Tam Tran

Too sorrow to heard about the lost of Phillinese people. Share with you my heart !

Daniel Templeton
Daniel Templeton

Asia is not prepared for Mega disasters...China lost 80,000 in the earthquake in 2008..

John Cleff E. Kaputolan I
John Cleff E. Kaputolan I

yeah. this and other shots. As what i've observed. we PH, better start patronizing coconut trees.

Elder Flower
Elder Flower

This is terrible.. Praying for the Typhoon to end, and for the survivors to stay strong.

Lucy T Miles
Lucy T Miles

The fact so any have lost life is terrible - have to ask why emergency contingent plans not in place? Considering the amount of assistance given to these regions from foreign aid etc especially after 2006 tsunami for the purpose of planning in these events - there is poor evacuation facilities now people have nothing to get by on ... No medical no help Why?

Bob DesVeaux
Bob DesVeaux

super sorry for all the victims & their families, too.

Elaine N Lala
Elaine N Lala

Bush spent 6trillion dollars in two illegal wars