Typhoon Death Toll Could Top 10,000

TACLOBAN, Philippines (November 10, 2013) The historic typhoon that slammed into the Philippines Friday is shaping up as one of the deadliest natural disasters on record there, but it will be days before the full extent of damage is assessed.

Officials say as many as 10,000 people are believed dead in one city alone.

The storm left bodies hanging from tree branches, scattered along sidewalks and among flattened buildings.

In its aftermath, looters 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.

The Philippine interior secretary says "all systems, all vestiges of modern living - communications, power, water - all are down."

A massive relief operation was underway, but the Philippine National Red Cross says its efforts were hampered by looters.


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