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Death toll in Philippines after typhoon Haiyan more than 10,000

Death toll in Philippines after typhoon Haiyan more than 10,000
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The death toll in the Philippines continues to rise with at least 10,000 people killed, according to a senior police official

One of the worst hit areas was the coastal city of Tacloban, about 580 km southeast of Manila.

Typhoon Haiyan tore through it destroying everything in its path. Most of the deaths are believed to have been caused by surging sea water described as similar to a tsunami.

President Benigno Aquino III said the government’s priority was to restore power and communications in isolated areas and to get relief and medical assistance delivered.

However with the city’s airport smashed to pieces by the storm this will be no easy task.

City officials have reported widespread looting as authorities struggle to restore order.

The UN’s humanitarian agency says more than 330,900 people were displaced and 4.3 million affected by the typhoon in 36 provinces.