Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of strongest storms ever, hits central Philippines.
10,000 feared killed in Philippines by super typhoon Haiyan.
An estimated 10,000 people might have been killed in the central Philippine province of Leyte alone, which was almost completely destroyed by the powerful typhoon Haiyan, local authorities said.
The typhoon has devastated up to 80 percent of the Leyte province area as it ripped through the Philippines, Chief Superintendent Elmer Soria told Reuters.
“We had a meeting last night with the governor and other officials. The governor said based on their estimate, 10,000 died,” Soria said.
Most of the dead drowned or were killed by collapsed buildings, authorities say. Tacloban city administrator Tecson Lim told AP that the death toll in Leyte province city alone “could go up to 10,000.”
The Red Cross said earlier that 1,200 people we confirmed dead in the Philippines.
Storm has 235 mph wind gusts.