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

(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.

Residents walk past damaged structures caused by typhoon Haiyan,  in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.
Residents walk past damaged structures caused by typhoon Haiyan, in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.   (Aaron Favila)
A resident walks inside a damaged home in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.
A resident walks inside a damaged home in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.   (Bullit Marquez)
Residents push dead bodies on a cart after strong waves caused by Typhoon Haiyan slammed into Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.
Residents push dead bodies on a cart after strong waves caused by Typhoon Haiyan slammed into Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.   (Aaron Favila)
Residents salvage belongings from their damaged houses in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.
Residents salvage belongings from their damaged houses in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.   (Bullit Marquez)
A store owner aims his gun to prevent a mob of people who tried to storm his grocery in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.
A store owner aims his gun to prevent a mob of people who tried to storm his grocery in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.   (Aaron Favila)
Residents cover their nose from the smell of dead bodies in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.
Residents cover their nose from the smell of dead bodies in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.   (Bullit Marquez)
Residents push a shutter to open a small grocery to get food in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.
Residents push a shutter to open a small grocery to get food in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.   (Aaron Favila)
Residents carry relief goods past damaged homes in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.
Residents carry relief goods past damaged homes in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.   (Bullit Marquez)
Residents try to salvage belongings in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.
Residents try to salvage belongings in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.   (Bullit Marquez)
Residents put up a makeshift structure amongst damaged homes in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.
Residents put up a makeshift structure amongst damaged homes in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.   (Bullit Marquez)
Survivors walk by a large ship after it was washed ashore by strong waves caused by powerful Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.
Survivors walk by a large ship after it was washed ashore by strong waves caused by powerful Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.   (Aaron Favila)
A woman looks out from the remains of her damaged house in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.
A woman looks out from the remains of her damaged house in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.   (Bullit Marquez)
Residents carry relief goods along the bay in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.
Residents carry relief goods along the bay in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.   (Aaron Favila)
A resident looks at houses damaged by typhoon Haiyan, in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.
A resident looks at houses damaged by typhoon Haiyan, in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.   (Aaron Favila)
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