Initially, after the super storm hit the Philippines there were 100 confirmed fatalities and then it was 300. Officials are now saying that 10,000 are believed to have died in Tacloban City on Leyte Island. To add to the horror of the situation, it is also said that many towns in Samar province have yet to be reached and therefore; no one knows who may be unaccounted for.
The NY Times reports: President Benigno S. Aquino iii declared a “state of calamity” in provinces encompassing islands across the breadth of the Philippines. The declaration is designed to release emergency funds from the national coffers. But those coffers have already been depleted this year by a series of other natural disasters, most notably an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 that also struck the middle of the country four weeks ago.
“The devastation is, I don’t have the words for it,” Aquino says. “It’s really horrific. It’s a great human tragedy.”