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Philippine typhoon death toll could top 10,000

Sunday - 11/10/2013, 2:05pm  ET

Residents sit outside their damaged house after powerful Typhoon Haiyan slammed into Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The central Philippine city of Tacloban was in ruins Saturday, a day after being ravaged by one of the strongest typhoons on record, as horrified residents spoke of storm surges as high as trees and authorities said they were expecting a "very high number of fatalities." (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

JIM GOMEZ
Associated Press

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) -- A provincial official says another 300 people have been confirmed dead on Samar ('sah-MAR) Island in the central Philippines in the onslaught of a super typhoon.

That's in addition to 10,000 people believed to have died in Tacloban city on Leyte Island, just across Samar.

Leo Dacaynos of Samar province's disaster office said Sunday that 300 people have been confirmed dead in Basey town and another 2,000 are missing.

He says the storm surge caused sea waters to rise 6 meters (20 feet) when Typhoon Haiyan hit Friday.

There are still other towns on Samar that have not been reached.


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