10,000 feared dead in one area as Haiyan poses new threats

OFFICIALS have said they fear an estimated 10,000 people may have been killed in just a single area of the central Philippines after one of the most powerful storms ever recorded ripped through the south Asian country, leaving a trail of death and devastation behind it.

Super typhoon Haiyan destroyed schools, homes and an airport in the eastern city of Tacloban. It is estimated that Haiyan destroyed 70 to 80 percent of the area in its path as it tore through Leyte province on Friday. The nearby island of Samar has also reported around 300 dead and 2,000 people still missing.

Tourists in Vietnam were today also bracing for the monster storm as it continued its deadly progress across the South China Sea.

Pictures emerged showing the widespread destruction in the Philippines amid reports of survivors "walking like zombies" and looters rampaging through stores "taking everything".

Many of the worst hit villagers are still yet to be reached.

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