"Philippines Storm Kills Estimated 10,000, Destruction Hampers Rescue"

"Rescue workers struggled to reach ravaged towns and villages in the central Philippines on Monday as they tried to deliver aid to survivors of a powerful typhoon that killed an estimated 10,000 people and displaced more than 600,000."

"The United Nations said some survivors had no food, water or medicine. Relief operations were hampered because roads, airports and bridges had been destroyed or were covered in wreckage, it said.

President Benigno Aquino, facing one of the biggest challenges of his three-year rule, deployed soldiers to the devastated city of Tacloban to quell looting and said he might impose martial law or a state of emergency to ensure security.

Super typhoon Haiyan destroyed about 70 to 80 percent of structures in its path as it tore through Leyte province on Friday, said police chief superintendent Elmer Soria. After weakening, the storm headed west towards Vietnam."

Manuel Mogato and Roli Ng report for Reuters November 11, 2013.


"Philippine Rescuers Overwhelmed By Disaster" (Sydney Morning Herald)

"Philippines Devastated by Typhoon, Millions Affected" (ENS)

"Weakened Typhoon Haiyan Makes Landfall in Vietnam" (AFP)

Comment: "Climate Change: When Ignorance Is a Recipe for Disaster" (Sydney Morning Herald: Peter Hartcher)

Source: Reuters, 11/11/2013