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Massive Typhoon Strikes Philippines, Up to 10,000 Feared Dead

An historically powerful typhoon with winds of up to 235 miles an hour struck the Philippines over the weekend. 600,000 were displaced and 1,200 are confirmed dead, but authorities fear the number could reach 10,000 by the time all the bodies are identified.

Superstorm Haiyan leveled nearly every structure in its path as it tore through the coastal city of Tacloban and surrounding regions, significantly hobbling rescue efforts, as ravaged bridges and airports prevented rescue agencies from reaching survivors. U.S. Marines are assisting the government in transporting supplies to survivors, many of whom are without food and water.

The death toll is expected to rise once more remote villages are accounted for.

President Benigno Aquino has ordered soldiers to Tacloban to fight looters, and may impose martial law.

Watch Fox News’ segment on the storm:

[h/t Reuters]

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