Rice Stampede Kills Typhoon Survivors
Estimate of 10K dead 'too much,' Aquino says
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2013 4:30 AM CST
Updated Nov 13, 2013 7:58 AM CST
A Filipino typhoon survivor walks inside the damaged Santo Nino church in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines.   (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

(Newser) – Relief operations have been stepped up in the Philippines but the situation remains desperate for large numbers of people in areas ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan. In the worst-hit region, eight people were killed in a stampede as thousands of survivors stormed a government rice warehouse, the AP reports. Security forces could only watch as the survivors made off with 100,000 sacks of rice from the government-owned warehouse. Elsewhere:

  • The official death toll is up to 2,344, with 3,804 wounded and 79 missing, according to the AP. For a more detailed look at the current numbers, click here.

  • At least two Americans, possibly more, are among the dead, CBS reports. The State Department says it is providing assistance to their families and is sending a team to the typhoon-battered region.
  • "There are hundreds of other towns and villages stretched over thousands of kilometers that were in the path of the typhoon and with which all communication has been cut," an emergency coordinator at Medecins Sans Frontieres tells Reuters. "No one knows what the situation is like in these more rural and remote places, and it's going to be some time before we have a full picture."
  • Those geographical difficulties are also bedeviling the World Food Programme, which has sent 270,000 tons of rice to the country, but is having trouble distributing it, CNN reports. The Philippine government estimates that more than 2 million people need food aid.
  • So far, 22 countries have sent help in some form. Filipino soldiers have been joined by American, British, and Japanese troops in affected regions, and US Navy ships are expected to arrive in two days, the Guardian reports. US military planes are arriving in Tacloban as well, bearing food supplies, the BBC adds, while France and Belgium have jointly set up a field hospital.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Nov 13, 2013 11:37 AM CST
If there is any poetic justice, Thane Eugene Cesar lost all his possessions and possibly his life in this catastrophe. If you don't know who he is, he's the one who really shot Bobby Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in LA. He was a security guard at Northrup hired to guard Bobby. It was like putting a KKK member to guard MLK. The kill shot of RFK was in the back of the head. The only armed person behind Bobby was Thane. Sirhan Sirhan fired a .22 from the front of Bobby and hit nothing vital. Thane said he had sold it prior to the incident and the man he sold it to evidently had lost it. He claimed he only had his .38 special but when the FBI wanted to inspect it, he had sold it to men who said they later lost it. Way too convenient. A reporter went back to the pantry at the Ambassador and dug out a slug the detectives missed. It was behind Sirhan and there is no possible way he fired it because he simply ponited his pistol right at Bobby and emptied it. All the shots went right to Bobby's torso. The only person who could have fired that shot was Thane, who said he didn't fire his sidearm. So, Thane Eugene Cesar fired a .22 to kill Bobby and match the gun fired by Sirhan. Then he moved to the Philippines.
Nov 13, 2013 10:13 AM CST
000000000000000000000000 00000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000 000000000000000000000000000000 00000000000000000000000000000000 00000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000000000000000000000000000000000 000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 RICE STAMPEDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nov 13, 2013 9:40 AM CST
Ok. A, the government obviously needed a better distribution plan here and could have prevented the situation. B, they should not have let this stampede happen. Secure the building with electrified fences or something. Post armed guards, use non-lethal force. More chaos is not helping anything.