Typhoon May Have Killed Nearly 10,000 in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — The death toll from a powerful typhoon that swept away coastal villages in the Philippines with a tsunami-like force is likely in the thousands, if not more than 10,000, officials said Sunday as grim reports filtered in from the provinces.

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A house in Legazpi, Philippines, is engulfed by storm surge. (Credit: AP)

The typhoon Haiyan – also called Yolanda by Filipinos – blew through 36 provinces early Friday with gusts of up to 235 miles per hour.

More than 48 hours later, confusion reigned over the extent of the casualties and damage with many of the most desperate trapped in remote mud-choked coastal towns without power, transportation or telephones.

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