UPDATE: Super Typhoon Haiyan Death Toll To Reach 10,000 In the City Of Tacloban, Storm Heads Toward Vietnam, Kills At Least 11

on November 10 2013 11:09 AM
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    Residents gather coins and other salvageable materials from the ruins of houses after Super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 10, 2013. One of the most powerful storms ever recorded killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines province of Leyte, a senior police official said on Sunday, with coastal towns and the regional capital devastated. Reuters
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    Empty coffins lie on a ravaged street in Tacloban, Philippines, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, after Typhoon Haiyan hit. Reuters
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    An aerial view Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, shows Leyte in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan hit. Reuters
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    Residents of Tacloban city pass a fallen tree. Reuters
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    Typhoon Haiyan was powerful enough to overturn cars. Reuters
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    According to reports, Typhoon Haiyan damaged every building in the city of Tacloban. Reuters
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Update 12:55 a.m. EST: At least 11 people have been killed in northern Vietnam after Tropical Storm Haiyan, which killed thousands in the Philippines, moved into Vietnam on Monday, the BBC reported.

Update 9:52 p.m. EST: Monster storm Haiyan, which is reported to have claimed at least 10,000 lives in the Philippines, hit Vietnam in the country's north near the Chinese border, BBC reported, killing at least six people. The considerably weakened storm, which is now classified as a tropical storm still packed gusts of nearly 98 miles per hour. The storm made landfall near the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay, about 100 miles from the capital, Hanoi, and about 600,000 people were evacuated from regions most at risk, according to the BBC.

Update 8:40 p.m. EST: Rescue workers struggled to reach ravaged towns and villages in the central Philippines on Monday as they tried to deliver aid to survivors of a powerful typhoon that killed an estimated 10,000 people and displaced more than 600,000, Reuters reported.

The United Nations said some survivors had no food, water or medicine. Relief operations were hampered because roads, airports and bridges had been destroyed or were covered in wreckage, it said.
 
President Benigno Aquino, facing one of the biggest challenges of his three-year rule, deployed soldiers to the devastated city of Tacloban to quell looting and said he might impose martial law or a state of emergency to ensure security.

 

Update 4:10 p.m. EST: EarthSky is reporting Typhoon Haiyan is weakening prior to making landfall in northern Vietnam and the south coast of China. The storm is turning north-northwest. It is expected to bring heavy rain to the area and Haiyan's sustained wind speed has been measured at 85 miles per hour.

A report from the Telegraph describes the tragic scene in Tacloban City. The death toll for the city alone is estimated to reach 10,000. Lynette Lim, Asia communications manager for Save the Children, said to the Telegraph, "I saw several dead children. I'd say two out of every five corpses I saw were kids."

Update 12:10 p.m. EST: BBC News is reporting that Typhoon Haiyan will reach Vietnam as a Category 1 typhoon, with sustained wind speeds between 119 and 153 kilometers per hour, 74 to 95 miles per hour.

 

Super Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Typhoon Yolanda, headed for Vietnam Sunday night, after killing thousands of people in the Philippines and displacing millions. The city of Tacloban was especially hard hit; officials say every building was damaged by the huge storm and the death toll for the city is expected to reach 10,000.

According to the Associated Press, the city of Tacloban on the island of Leyte, with a population of 200,000, may have suffered 10,000 deaths. Typhoon Haiyan's storm surge created waves as high as six meters (19 feet), notes AP. The Philippine government has established a Typhoon Yolanda page with up-to-date information on casualties and missing persons. The typhoon made landfall on Friday with sustained winds of 235 kilometers (147 miles) per hour and gusts reaching speeds of 275 kilometers (170 miles) per hour.

The Red Cross has already deployed assessment and rescue crews to Tacloban and have set up volunteer efforts to package supplies and goods to the affected regions. The Armed Forces of the Philippines have deployed soldiers and additional police officers were also sent to affected areas. Looting was being reported in Tacloban as supplies, food and water have become scarce, reports CNN. Rescue efforts have been hindered by the lack of electricity while communication is being restored in more remote areas.

President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared a "state of calamity," reports the New York Times. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pledged support on Friday. U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has approved the use of military ships and aircraft to deliver supplies to the Philippines and a United Nations relief team is on the ground.

Typhoon Haiyan is expected to reach Vietnam Sunday night, and more than 500,000 people have been evacuated, notes NYT. The storm is expected to weaken to a tropical storm as it makes its way north.

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