With a heavy heart.
AP: The death toll in the Philippine city Tacloban could top reach 10,000 following Super Typhoon Haiyan, a senior police official said.
Elmer Soria, regional police chief, said he was told by the Leyte provincial Gov. Dominic Petilla that there approximately 10,000 deaths on the island from collapsed buildings and floods.
The Philippine government has so far only confirmed the death of several hundred people after the storm struck. Hundreds of thousands of people are reported displaced from their homes.
The BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports that the scene in the city of Tacloban on Leyte island is one of utter devastation. Houses in Leyte’s capital have been flattened by the massive storm surge that accompanied Typhoon Haiyan.
There’s no clean water, no electricity and very little food. City officials said they were struggling to distribute aid and that looting was widespread.
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