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Typhoon death toll could top 10,000

Tacloban, Philippines (AP) - The typhoon that slammed into the Philippines on Friday is shaping up as one of the deadliest natural disasters on record there. It will be days before the full extent of damage is assessed, but officials say as many as 10,000 people are believed dead in one city alone.

The storm left corpses hanging from tree branches, scattered along sidewalks and among flattened buildings. In its aftermath, looters have raided grocery stores and gas stations in search of food, fuel and water.

The storm surge created a 20-foot wall of water and some areas still have not been reached because they are cut off by flooding and landslides.

The Philippine interior secretary says "all systems, all vestiges of modern living - communications, power, water - all are down."

A massive relief operation is underway, but the Philippine National Red Cross says its efforts are being hampered by looters.

President Benigno Aquino III says he's considering declaring a state of emergency or martial law.


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