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Red Cross: 1,200 feared dead in typhoon

November 9th, 2013 No comments

MANILA, Philippines – About 1,200 people are believed to have died in just two provinces when one of the strongest global storms ever recorded hit the Philippines, the head of the local Red Cross said on Saturday, November 9.

The Red Cross figure was far higher than the 138 that the national disaster risk management office reported as of 6 pm Saturday, based on confirmed cases from its local offices in those areas – Leyte and Eastern Samar, the worst hit in the Eastern Visayas region.

While super typhoon Yolanda (international code: Haiyan) battered the regions on Visayas island the hardest, it affected some 40 provinces in at least 9 regions across the country. It prompted mainly preventive evacuation of some 800,000 residents.

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