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10,000 feared dead

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) - As many as 10,000 people are believed dead in one Philippine city alone after one of the worst storms ever recorded unleashed ferocious winds and giant waves that washed away homes and schools. Corpses hung from tree branches and were scattered along sidewalks and among flattened buildings, while looters raided grocery stores and gas stations in search of food, fuel and water.

Officials projected the death toll could climb even higher when emergency crews reach areas cut off by flooding and landslides. Even in the disaster-prone Philippines, which regularly contends with earthquakes, volcanoes and tropical cyclones, Typhoon Haiyan appears to be the deadliest natural disaster on record.
Haiyan hit the eastern seaboard of the Philippine archipelago on Friday and quickly barreled across its central islands before exiting into the South China Sea, packing winds of 235 kilometers per hour (147 miles per hour) that gusted to 275 kph (170 mph), and a storm surge that caused sea waters to rise 6 meters (20 feet).

It wasn't until Sunday that the scale of the devastation became clear, with local officials on hardest-hit Leyte Island saying that there may be 10,000 dead in the provincial capital of Tacloban alone. Reports also trickled in from elsewhere on the island, and from neighboring islands, indicating hundreds, if not thousands more deaths, though it will be days before the full extent of the storm's impact can be assessed.

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I'm so sorry to hear about this. Wow, one of the worst, if not

THE worst recorded natural disasters ever.


Sorry to hear this.

From the videos and pics these people are living pretty much on the beach. There is much suffering in the world. What do they expect?

Now the rest of that country will be taxed more to bail them out so to speak imo.

Hopefully they will rebuild on higher land or emigrate for their sakes. Does not look like much of a good place to live from the videos I saw.

Saudi Arabia just deported hundreds of thousands of migrant workers perhaps they can try North America or Europe.




This massive storm originally began its rotation , was born out of a microwave anomaly in the West Pacific. This video discusses the findings, and possible origin of the microwave pulse. Coming from where???! US Airforce base near the location.

can this be proven--


And, if so, why?

Oh well, why any kind of destruction?

Why Iraq? Why . . .

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

one of the most useful things sent after Hurricane Katrina was

a small plastic zip bag containing travel size items of:
1 comb,
3 individual packs of alcohol swabs,
5 bandaids,
1 hotel soap,
1 shampoo,
1 deodorant,
1 tooth brush,
1 tooth paste tube,
1 floss package,
3 individually packaged condoms,
1 sample size perfume/cologne,
1 tweezer,
1 nail clipper
and a hand written letter from a grade school student who made the package.

I do not remember the name of the school, the teacher's class, nor the state these items were packaged, but to have so many useful items in one small baggie was outstanding!

My wife comes from the hardest hit area originally.

She moved from the country side to Manila around age 14 (29 now, and we live in Washington state), and still has family in the worst effected area. I had to console her and her tears yesterday as she was worried because she had no news yet, due to communications with the area being severed.

Even the President of the Philippines was not getting situation reports from their military for a while. Fortunately her aunt was able to get up to a high point on a mountain with her cell phone and get word out that they were OK, and my wife got the news last night. I haven't met those relatives but I am glad God answered our prayers, my wife was tortured not knowing.

My daughter lives in South Manila

Finally heard from her last night. She and her mother had to be evacuated to a school. Even though she was 300 or so miles away, they had damage to their roof of their home and shattered windows.

I know for a fact this has traumatized her for what she has witnessed.
Hospitals can't take on all the injured. She made me promise not to tell anyone what else she experienced, not even her mother.

Another storm is on the way. It's a slow moving storm that will be dumping more water in the area, causing flooding.

20 of these storms a year on average. If you live on an island, whether Cebu, Palawan or wherever, there is not too many places to run for shelter. She at least lives on the larger island of Luzon, but it doesn't mean this type of storm couldn't hit Manila someday. The largest typhoon from a year ago did damage to their home too.

Perhaps its time for her to come live in San Diego. I can only hope.

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oh, wow, I am SO sorry--

I have a dear friend from the Philipines, though many years in the U.S.

From Cebu. I am very sorry--

to all of you who have experienced this--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Best wishes to you and yours

Best wishes to you and yours Doug. My wife was telling me that people were sheltering in caves in some places. How little some things have changed since caveman days.

The city of Tacloban alone has 10k dead, very sad.


That's why I'll never live in those areas. Scary

Easy to say if you weren't

Easy to say if you weren't born in that country.

I know

I'm just talking about moving there. If that stuff of that magnitude happened here, I would probably not move

...and because you don't move and decide to rebuild...

the rest of the united states will call you foolish and crazy.