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Philippines president claims typhoon death toll around 2,500

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Philippines president claims typhoon death toll around 2,500

<p>The death toll from the massive typhoon that devastated the Philippines is likely to be around 8,000 less than first feared, it’s been claimed.</p> <p>Philippines’ president Benigno Aquino said between 2,000 and 2,500 were killed, rather than <a href="http://www.euronews.com/nocomment/2013/11/11/philippine-typhoon-death-toll-could-reach-10-000/">the 10,000 figure widely reported</a>.</p> <p>“The figure right now I have is about 2,000, but this might still get higher,” Aquino told <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2013/11/12/amanpour-aquino-philippines-typhoon-haiyan.cnn.html" rel="external"><span class="caps">CNN</span> reporter Christiane Amanpour in an interview was posted on <span class="caps">CNN</span>’s website</a>.</p> <p>“Ten thousand, I think, is too much,” he told <span class="caps">CNN</span>. “There was emotional drama involved with that particular estimate.”</p> <p>It comes as stories begin to emerge from <a href="http://www.euronews.lan/2013/11/12/tacloban-in-ruins-as-the-number-of-dead-after-typhoon-haiyan-is-revised/">Tacloban</a>, one of the worst hit areas, while has also seen <a href="http://www.euronews.lan/2013/11/12/philippines-supplies-looted-and-aid-convoys-mobbed/">looting</a>.</p> <p>Meanwhile the country’s climate change commissioner, Naderev Saño, said alterations to global temperatures could mean more <a href="http://www.euronews.lan/2013/11/11/philippines-commissioner-makes-emotional-speech-at-cop19-summit/">intense typhoons in the future</a>.</p>