13 November 2013

The death toll from Typhoon Haiyan's rampage through the Philippines is closer to 2 000 or 2 500, instead of the 10 000 previously estimated, President Benigno Aquino said yesterday as US and British warships headed towards his country to help with relief efforts...

"Ten thousand, I think, is too much," Aquino told CNN in an interview... Aquino said the government was still gathering information from various storm-struck areas and the death toll may rise... Meanwhile, rescue workers scrambled to reach other towns and villages still cut off, which could reveal the full extent of the casualties and devastation... "There are hundreds of other towns and villages stretched over thousands of kilometres that were in the path of the typhoon and with which all communication has been cut," said Natasha Reyes, emergency co-ordinator in the Philippines at Doctors Without Borders.  

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