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Philippines Official: Up To 10,000 Dead


This image of Typhoon Haiyan wsa taken by the Japan Meteorological Agency,

This image of Typhoon Haiyan wsa taken by the Japan Meteorological Agency,

Officials in the Philippines are warning that the death toll could reach as high as 10,000 people in just one region hit by Typhoon Haiyan.

A senior police officer, Elmer Soria, is quoted by news agencies as saying officials have received estimates suggesting as many as 10,000 people died in the central province of Leyte, mostly from drowning and collapsed buildings.

The figures have not been confirmed by the Philippines national government.

Elsewhere, officials on nearby Samar Island said 300 people were confirmed dead and another 2,000 were missing there.

The typhoon, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, smashed through six central Philippine islands on November 8, with wind gusts of around 275 kilometers per hour and waves of 5 to 6 meters high.

Based on reports from Reuters, AFP and AP
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