At least 10,000 dead in Philippines from super typhoon, official says

Debris litter a damaged airport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 9, 2013. REUTERS-Erik De Castro

Debris litter a damaged airport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 9, 2013. REUTERS-Erik De Castro

(SOURCE)  (Reuters) – One of the most powerful storms ever recorded has 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 by huge waves.

Survivors walk near their damaged house after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 9, 2013. REUTERS-Romeo Ranoco

Survivors walk near their damaged house after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 9, 2013. REUTERS-Romeo Ranoco

Typhoon Haiyan destroyed about 70 to 80 percent of the area in its path as it tore through the province, said chief superintendent Elmer Soria, a regional police director. It not only brought wind gusts of around 275 kph (170 mph), it also caused a storm surge and whipped up waves of 5 to 6 meters (yards).

Survivors assess the damage after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 9, 2013. REUTERS-Romeo Ranoco

Survivors assess the damage after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 9, 2013. REUTERS-Romeo Ranoco

The national government and disaster agency have not confirmed the figure, a sharp increase from initial estimates on Saturday of at least 1,000 deaths.

“We had a meeting last night with the governor and the other officials. The governor said based on their estimate, 10,000 died,” Soria told Reuters. “The devastation is so big.”

 

Survivors walk on a road after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 9, 2013. PREUTERS-Erik De Castro

Survivors walk on a road after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 9, 2013. PREUTERS-Erik De Castro

A view of a collapsed building after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 9, 2013. REUTERS-Erik De Castro

A view of a collapsed building after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 9, 2013. REUTERS-Erik De Castro

An aerial view shows damaged houses on a coastal community, after Typhoon Haiyan hit Iloilo Province, central Philippines November 9, 2013. REUTERS-Raul Banias

An aerial view shows damaged houses on a coastal community, after Typhoon Haiyan hit Iloilo Province, central Philippines November 9, 2013. REUTERS-Raul Banias

A view of destroyed houses after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 9, 2013. REUTERS-Erik De Castro

A view of destroyed houses after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 9, 2013. REUTERS-Erik De Castro

Helicopters hover over the damaged area after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines, November 9, 2013. REUTERS-Romeo Ranoco

Helicopters hover over the damaged area after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines, November 9, 2013. REUTERS-Romeo Ranoco

Residents look at the damaged village hall after Typhoon Haiyan hit Janiuay, in Iloilo province in central Philippines November 9, 2013. REUTERS-Nereo Lujan

Residents look at the damaged village hall after Typhoon Haiyan hit Janiuay, in Iloilo province in central Philippines November 9, 2013. REUTERS-Nereo Lujan

Residents try to cross the damaged Suage bridge after Typhoon Haiyan hit Janiuay, in the Iloilo province in central Philippines November 9, 2013. REUTERS-Nereo Lujan

Residents try to cross the damaged Suage bridge after Typhoon Haiyan hit Janiuay, in the Iloilo province in central Philippines November 9, 2013. REUTERS-Nereo Lujan

Damaged houses near the airport are seen after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines, November 9, 2013. REUTERS-Romeo Ranoco

Damaged houses near the airport are seen after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines, November 9, 2013. REUTERS-Romeo Ranoco

A vehicle passes by collapsed electrical posts and damaged houses after Typhoon Haiyan hit the municipality of Coron, in Palawan province in central Philippines November 9, 2013. REUTERS-Office of the Mayor of Coron, Palawan-Handout via Reuters

A vehicle passes by collapsed electrical posts and damaged houses after Typhoon Haiyan hit the municipality of Coron, in Palawan province in central Philippines November 9, 2013. REUTERS-Office of the Mayor of Coron, Palawan-Handout via Reuters

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