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Philippine typhoon death toll could top 10,000

Philippine typhoon death toll could top 10,000

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Nov 10, 2013

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) - A weakened Typhoon Haiyan headed for Vietnam after leaving central Philippines as possibly the deadliest natural disaster on record there.
   
In one town alone, officials say there could be as many as 10,000 people dead. In another, at least 300 people are confirmed dead as rescue efforts swing into high gear. Some areas remain unreachable and the damage is reported to be devastating.
   
The storm left corpses hanging from tree branches, scattered along sidewalks and among flattened buildings. In its aftermath, looters have raided grocery stores and gas stations in search of food, fuel and water.
   
The storm surge created a 20-foot wall of water and some areas still have not been reached because they are cut off by flooding and landslides.
   
It's expected to take days to assess the storm's full impact but the nation's interior secretary says "all systems, all vestiges of modern living - communications, power, water - all are down."

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Ina Ronquillo

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Ina is a Southern Arizona native. She graduated from Nogales High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.