Typhoon Death Toll Jumps to 10K —in 1 City
'People are walking like zombies,' says survivor
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2013 7:51 AM CST
Updated Nov 10, 2013 8:44 AM CST
Residents walk past damaged structures caused by typhoon Haiyan, in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.   (Aaron Favila)

(Newser) – As many as 10,000 people are thought to have died—in a single city—in the wrath of Typhoon Haiyan, a jolting estimate that surfaced today as the reeling Philippines began to take stock of the storm's devastating aftermath. Leyte province's capital, Tacloban, bore the brunt of the storm, and the AP describes a chaotic scene with bodies hanging from tree branches, looters desperately seeking food and water, and President Benigno Aquino considering martial law. "Tonight, a column of armored vehicles will be arriving in Tacloban to show the government's resolve and to stop this looting," he said today. Just yesterday, the death toll was estimated at 1,200.

"People are walking like zombies looking for food," one medical student in Leyte tells Reuters. "It's like a movie." The nation's interior minister was equally bleak, saying, " I don't know how to describe what I saw. It's horrific. It was like a tsunami." The typhoon packed winds of up to 147mph, and destroyed an estimated 70% to 80% of the structures in its path. And though weakened, Haiyan isn't done yet: The BBC notes that the storm is now churning toward Vietnam, which has evacuated 600,000 people in advance of its arrival. Meanwhile, the AP notes that Pope Francis led a silent prayer at St. Peter's Square this morning, calling for "concrete aid" for "our brothers and sisters" in the heavily Catholic Philippines.

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Nov 11, 2013 12:09 AM CST
I am DISGUSTED by the fact there are 15 pictures in a tragic strory of Death, and of those 15, 5 were ads, in place of 5 pictures! YOU DISGUST ME NEWSER!!! Ads to buy crap, slipped into a tragedy! Never lose a chance to sell CRAP I say... LOSERS!
Nov 10, 2013 4:11 PM CST
The images & video coming out of the Philippines & descriptions of storm surge being higher then treetops when Haiyan made landfall made me think this super storm was acting more like a tsunamai combined with an enormous tornado (200+ mph winds). The planet's atmosphere now is over 400 ppm of CO2 (& rising) & ocean sea levels are estimated to have risen ~ 8 inches as polar ice & glaciers melted over the last century. "Superstorm Sandy" last year did something very similar to what Haiyan has done to the Philippines. Going to be interesting to see records being broken as the global climate change continues to advance.
Nov 10, 2013 2:30 PM CST
The philippine's only issued warnings 24 hours in advance of the storm. They considered it outside of their zone of responsibility prior to that. The international community, including the National Hurricane Center and the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, were sure of the path of this storm 5 days out, yet the philippine government ignored the warnings. An extra 48 hours of warning time would have saved most of the lives which were lost.