'300 dead, 2,000 missing in typhoon-hit Samar'
MANILA, Philippines – Super Typhoon Yolanda (international codename Haiyan) killed at least 300 people and left almost 2,000 others missing in the province of Samar, a local official said on Sunday, November 10.
Leo Dacaynos, a member of the Samar's disaster management council, said on dzBB radio 300 people were confirmed killed in the municipality of Basey.
He said almost 2,000 other people were missing in Basey and other Samar towns.
This was the first confirmation of large-scale fatalities in the island of Samar after Yolanda made landfall on the island before dawn Friday, November 8.
However, vast areas of Samar, an island of over 733,000 people, still have not been contacted over two days after the typhoon struck.
Meanwhile, 2 towns in neighboring Eastern Samar province – Giporlos and Guiuan – were reported to be totally ruined.
Authorities estimate that more than 10,000 were killed by the storm in the neighboring island of Leyte and the death toll in other typhoon-hit areas is rising further as well. – With reports from Rappler.com
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