Philippine Typhoon Death Toll Could Reach 10,000

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TACLOBAN, Philippines A senior regional police official and a city administrator in the typhoon-ravaged Tacloban city in the central Philippines say the death toll there could reach 10,000 people.

Regional police chief Elmer Soria said he was briefed by Leyte provincial Gov. Dominic Petilla on Saturday and told there were about 10,000 deaths on the island, mostly by drowning and from collapsed buildings.

Tacloban city administrator Tecson Lim said that the death toll in the city alone "could go up to 10,000."

The typhoon is now headed for Vietnam, where authorities in four central provinces have begun evacuating more than half a million people in high-risk areas. The typhoon is forecast to make landfall in Vietnam early tomorrow and move northwest.



 
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