Typhoon Death Toll Could Be 1,000 Or More

TACLOBAN, Philippines (November 9, 2013) At least 138 people are confirmed dead after the historic typhoon that slammed into six central Philippine islands Friday, but the death toll is expected to climb much higher.

The Philippine interior secretary says officials expect "a very high number of fatalities" from one of the strongest typhoons on record.

He described the damage in the city of Tacloban as "really horrific."

The Philippine Red Cross said its field staff in the region estimated the toll was about 1,000.

Civil aviation authorities in Tacloban, about 360 miles southeast of Manila, reported that the seaside airport terminal was "ruined."

U.S. Marine Col. Mike Wylie says military planes could still land with relief aid.

Secretary of State John Kerry says America "stands ready to help."


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