Typhoon Death Count Surpasses 10,000; People "Walk Like Zombies Looking For Food; Martial Law Imminent

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When we previewed the initial "massive devastation" aftermath of typhoon Haiyan yesterday, when the casualties resulting from the strongest storm to ever make landfall were "only" 1200, we had a feelilng that the final tally would be far worse. And so it is: a day later, the incoming reports confirm that by the time the final death toll is calculated it will probably be one for the record books, because at last the dead had risen to a massive 10,000 and were increasing exponentially.

The latest tally comes from Reuters, according to which, "one of the most powerful storms ever recorded killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines, a senior police official said on Sunday, with huge waves sweeping away coastal villages and devastating one of the main cities in the region." "We had a meeting last night with the governor and the other officials. The governor said, based on their estimate, 10,000 died," Soria told Reuters. "The devastation is so big."

"From a helicopter, you can see the extent of devastation. From the shore and moving a kilometer inland, there are no structures standing. It was like a tsunami," said Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas, who had been in Tacloban since before the typhoon struck the city. "I don't know how to describe what I saw. It's horrific."

Needless to say, Haiyan makes Sandy pale by comparison: 70 to 80 percent of structures in its path as it tore through Leyte province on Friday, said police chief superintendent Elmer Soria, before weakening and heading west for Vietnam.

"People are walking like zombies looking for food," said Jenny Chu, a medical student in Leyte. "It's like a movie." As rescue workers struggled to reach ravaged villages along the coast, where the death toll is as yet unknown, survivors foraged for food or searched for lost loved ones.


Witnesses and officials described chaotic scenes in Leyte's capital, Tacloban, a coastal city of 220,000 about 580 km (360 miles) southeast of Manila which bore the brunt, with hundreds of bodies piled along roads and pinned under wrecked houses.


The city lies in a cove where the seawater narrows, making it susceptible to storm surges.


The city and nearby villages as far as one kilometer (just over half a mile) from shore were flooded, leaving floating bodies and roads choked with debris from fallen trees, tangled power lines and flattened homes.

And just as in the case of Sandy, the biggest threat from the storm turned out to be not the winds but the water surge which gave the storm a tsunami-like feel and flooded all low-lying territories.

Most of the deaths appear to have been caused by surging sea water strewn with debris that many said resembled a tsunami, leveling houses and drowning hundreds of people in one of the worst disasters to hit the typhoon-prone Southeast Asian nation.


About 300 people died in neighboring Samar province, where Haiyan first hit land on Friday as a category 5 typhoon, with 2,000 missing, said a provincial disaster agency official.


Nearly 480,000 people were displaced and 4.5 million "affected" by the typhoon in 36 provinces, the national disaster agency said, as relief agencies called for food, water, medicines and tarpaulins for the homeless.


International aid agencies said relief efforts in the Philippines were stretched thin after a 7.2 magnitude quake in central Bohol province last month and displacement caused by a conflict with Muslim rebels in southern Zamboanga province.

And when disaster strikes poor nations, looting is sure to follow, as does martial law.

Looters rampaged through several stores in Tacloban, witnesses said, taking whatever they could find as rescuers' efforts to deliver food and water were hampered by severed roads and communications. A TV station said ATM machines were broken open.\


Mobs attacked trucks loaded with food, tents and water on Tanauan bridge in Leyte, said Philippine Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon. "These are mobsters operating out of there."


President Benigno Aquino said the government had deployed 300 soldiers and police to restore order and that he was considering introducing martial law or a state of emergency in Tacloban to ensure security. "Tonight, a column of armored vehicles will be arriving in Tacloban to show the government's resolve and to stop this looting," he said.


Aquino has shown exasperation at conflicting reports on damage and deaths and one TV network quoted him as telling the head of the disaster agency that he was running out of patience.


"How can you beat that typhoon?" said defense chief Voltaire Gazmin, when asked whether the government had been ill-prepared. "It's the strongest on Earth. We've done everything we can, we had lots of preparation. It's a lesson for us."




Many tourists were stranded. "Seawater reached the second floor of the hotel," said Nancy Chang, who was on a business trip from China in Tacloban City and walked three hours through mud and debris for a military-led evacuation at the airport.


"It's like the end of the world."


Six people were killed and dozens wounded during heavy winds and storms in central Vietnam as Haiyan approached the coast, state media reported, even though it had weakened substantially since hitting the Philippines.

It is truly stunning just how brittle the stability of society becomes once the "just in time" amentites everyone takes for granted, disappear without a trace.

Worst of all, the Philippines could be just the beginning: Vietnam is next, as is the very densely populated region of southern China. "Vietnam authorities have moved 883,000 people in 11 central provinces to safe zones, according to the government's website."

Raw video of the storm via Bloomberg:

Finally, some additional photos of the aftermath.

Survivors walks past uprooted palm trees after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 9, 2013.  REUTERS-Romeo Ranoco

Debris litter a damaged airport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 9, 2013. REUTERS-Erik De Castro

Damaged passenger boarding stairs are seen after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines, November 9, 2013.  REUTERS-Romeo Ranoco

A damaged airport is seen as residents wait for relief goods after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines, November 9, 2013. REUTERS-Romeo Ranoco

Residents carry the body of a loved one after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines, November 9, 2013.  REUTERS-Romeo Ranoco

Vehicles that were washed away by floodwaters are seen at a rice field near the airport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines, November 9, 2013. REUTERS-Romeo Ranoco

Damaged houses near the airport are seen after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines, November 9, 2013.  REUTERS-Romeo Ranoco

Overturned vehicles are seen at a rice field after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines, November 9, 2013. REUTERS-Romeo Ranoco

Soldiers walks past the damaged area of an airport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines, November 9, 2013.  REUTERS-Romeo Ranoco

Helicopters hover over the damaged area after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines, November 9, 2013. REUTERS-Romeo Ranoco

An aerial view shows damaged structures as residents unload relief goods from a helicopter after Typhoon Haiyan hit a village in Panay island in northern Iloilo Province, central Philippines November 9, 2013.  REUTERS-Leo Solinap

Survivors walk near their damaged house after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 9, 2013.  REUTERS-Romeo Ranoco

Survivors who lost their homes use a Jeepney public bus as shelter after a super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines November 9, 2013. REUTERS-Romeo Ranoco

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lolmao500's picture

They should have evacuated more people... New Orleans was UNDER SEA LEVEL and they had no help for weeks and yet only a thousand or so died...

Whoever was in charge of this should hang.

SilverIsKing's picture

Were the people lied to as to what was heading towards them or were they told a massive typhoon was bearing down on them? Do you know for sure that there weren't any evacuations? I'm trying to understand the logic behind your comment and am having difficulty.

Flakmeister's picture

He is just being a hateful prick...

I saw reports that 700,000 people were evacuated but they have to have some place to go. Leaving the cost to go inland only works if you have strong enough structure to ride it out in...

The local arena/auditorium in Tacloban, i.e. their Superdome, collapsed...

There are unconfirmed reports of a storm surge of 30 feet...

hedgeless_horseman's picture



In the weeks following a disaster such as this, having the capability to clean drinking water can save your life...


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Flakmeister's picture

The Katadyn....

An awesome little bit of technology... 

hedgeless_horseman's picture



It is spec'd is for 13,000 gallons, but in a pinch can do much, much, more.

Run this exercise:

If you are told to evacuate, now, taking only what you can carry, what are you going to grab? 

You must walk out the door within 60 seconds, if you want to live. 


hedgeless_horseman's picture



One can always wait for the government to show up and provide:

  • shelter,
  • clothing,
  • water,
  • security,
  • food,
  • and medical care.

You may not need to wait days or weeks like they did in Haiti...

...but then, again, you may.

DaveyJones's picture

our government's security does come with water

but it's usually forced down your throat when you least want it

DaveyJones's picture

no, "ouch, yes I am a terrorist, I only dress like a sheep herder"

Flakmeister's picture

I was referring to the depth of your snark, which was truly impressive...


Stackers's picture

George Bush hates yellow people

DaveyJones's picture

most of all, he hates to interrupt an illustrated children's book

he'll kiss any color, if it can introduce him to black gold

James_Cole's picture

For those who missed the incredible satellite photo:

Not much you can do to prepare for that, other than run like hell.

aint no fortunate son's picture

I obviously feel terrible for the people of the Philippines, but this "Tylerism" hits right at home in the good ole US of A where our entire society revolves around "just in time everything" - "It is truly stunning just how brittle the stability of society becomes once the "just in time" amentites everyone takes for granted, disappear without a trace." Words to the wise when this whole economy and ponzi hits the wall...

matrix2012's picture

"our government's security does come with water

but it's usually forced down your throat when you least want it"


Guantanamo or popularly known as GITMO Water Boarding Method... patented technique!

jerry_theking_lawler's picture

All of the same was true for Katrina. People walking around like zombies, lost, in shock. After things started to 'normalize' then the water issue arose. By the time the .gov rode in on the helicopter calvary, things were almost back to normal.....

Fukushima Sam's picture

Will we soon have a new classification of "super-duper" storms?


But I'm sure everything is just fine over in the Philippines. They will recover fom this, right?  Recovery will be a boon to their economy, right?

"This is the third time in the past 12 months the Philippines have set a new record for their most expensive natural disaster in history. The record was initially set by Typhoon Bopha of December 2012, with $1.7 billion in damage; that record was beaten by the $2.2 billion in damage done by the August 2013 floods on Luzon caused by moisture associated with Typhoon Trami."


Cookie's picture

I was 60km distant when Mount Pinatubo blew in the early 1990's, shocking to see. Most comments on this thread show are ignorant about the impact a major problem like this has on communities that are already living on the tightrope between life and death. I wish the people impacted werre the banksters who rule the lives of the lives of these poor souls. F U Central Banks. 

LetThemEatRand's picture

Yes, it is one thing to be irritated by people with resources who fail to prepare.  It is another thing entirely to be dismissive of the suffering of those who had no economic means to "prepare" for a disaster, including even leaving.  When you live in a tin shack and you make a few thousand dollars a year in a good year, you focus on daily survival.   When a storm comes, you hunker down and hope for the best.   You don't load up the SUV and head to the inland Holiday Inn.

NidStyles's picture

Take a close look, that is how you will be living in ten years.

Keyser's picture

Only if you have 10 - 12 children, no viable means of support, no pot to piss in nor a window to throw it out of. Unless you have been to the Philippines and have seen how the vast majority live, you have no moral compass to guide you as to their plight. The Catholic church has much to answer for in the PI. 




thestarl's picture

Absolutely Keyser having been to the Phillipines your spot on man.For the majority its about subsistence.

SilverIsKing's picture

How do you say 'stronger than the storm' in Tagalog?

Bendromeda Strain's picture

Gumagamit ka nang salawal nang nane mo

TBT or not TBT's picture

Keyser has the necessary moral compas, for having flown in there once and observed the poverty up close, really taking it in.

toady's picture

Not sure about the churches role in the P.I., and I'm not trying to support Catholics, but I'm pretty sure no one is more culpable for the current situation than the Marcos family and the US support of ol' Ferdinand.

TBT or not TBT's picture

The banks control the volcanos too! Gah!

Jack Burton's picture

Wow! Pinatubo was an epic once in a life time event. I remember that that volcane threw so much shit into the atmosphere that for two winters running up here in Northen Minnesota we set record cold temperatures. One morning it pushed 50 below zero, and I live in a warm spot, a few miles up into the forests, it was said to have scored at -55 degrees an all time record for us. Though -30 is common, anything near -40 is pretty epic for us.

willwork4food's picture

God God. How can anybody live in that kind of envirnment and chose to stay there?

IrritableBowels's picture

You haven't lived until you've experienced frozen snot while starting your car 45 minutes before you need it due to -60F (with wind chill)...

and no, the plug hanging out of my front grill isn't indicative of an electric car.  It's a block heater, stupid.

Flakmeister's picture

Re: storms, unlikely given the origin and rational of the current system:

According to Robert Simpson, there are no reasons for a Category 6 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale because it is designed to measure the potential damage of a hurricane to manmade structures. Stating that "...when you get up into winds in excess of 155 mph (249 km/h) you have enough damage if that extreme wind sustains itself for as much as six seconds on a building it's going to cause rupturing damages that are serious no matter how well it's engineered".[3]

scrappy's picture

I picked up a swiss army surplus, had the kettle, went into a rocket stove and had a field cup that fit together for travel, cool. 30.00

Sandy hit SE NE hard, no power 5 plus days, so I ordered this.

I bet they would haved loved this in NY - NJ.

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Think about it, hot water soothes the beast in us, is good for health and morale, and can be used for medical and other sanitation uses as well as clean clothes, or make coffee or tea, or food using the thermos method! Works off a garden hose and a regular grill propane tank.

This is a cheap prep eveyone can afford.

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Seer's picture

It depends on what's outside your door, where you are located... and, who is telling you to evacuate...

Seer's picture

I see someone believes that "situational" information is not necessary and that a "one-size-fits-all" solution is good.  And to that person: are you a central planner?

DaveyJones's picture

13,000 - pretty good price per gallon

wonder what i'd pay for a gallon of clean water in a disaster

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Less than $0.03 / gallon of purified drinking water.


scrappy's picture

Depending on where you live, you just might need this someday if GW is right.

Seychelle 28oz Flip-top Portable Radiological Radiation Water Filtration & Purification Bottle that Removes 100% of Major Nuclear Contaminants from Drinking Water: Removes 100% of Gross Beta, Radium 226, Uranium, Cesium 137, Strontium, Plutonium, Radioactive Iodine B1, and Radon 222



Regular good filtration on a budget, try this. At under 10 bucks you can order extras and pass em around or stash em, it's a start.


Berkey is good, but expensive. I got this varient, but it was a lot cheaper back then, unused, but in hand if needed.




Hobbleknee's picture

Does that mean it breaks after 13,000 gallons, you need to clean the filter, get a new filter or what?

swedish etrade baby's picture

I came across tish instructable a few weeks ago. It might be a cheaper option.http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Purify-Muddy-Water/

Seer's picture

You'll find that there are primarily two issues with "dirty" water:

1) Suspended material;

2) Bacteria. (which, of course, can also be suspended)

These require two different approaches to deal with.

Suspended material will, after sufficient time, settle.  I've got some nice "sealed" jars of water from my well before I rehab'd it, that, after an extended period of time, have as clear-looking water that you'd ever see; on the bottom of those jars is, of course, the crap that was suspended previously.  Most stuff will settle in a fairly short period of time (look to batch/plan accordingly), after which you just skim water from the upper reaches of the container.

Bacteria is more problematic and is generally the bigger threat.  There's a reason why UV sterilizers work- UV KILLS bacteria.  Allowing sunshine to permeate a water container (given the settling of suspended materials, which can block UV) will deal with bacteria issues.

Always assume bacteria.  Guess wrong and, at a minimum you will have discomfort, at the extreme you die.

Nothing is 100%.  And nothing is guaranteed to remove every known problematic element that one could find in water: a if you look at the data on ANY filtration and treatment system/solution it'll amost certainly state something as in particle size (smaller particles pass through) or percentage of effectiveness.  Though I don't monitor all the stuff out there, I do seem to recall not seeing anyone guaranteeing 100% efficacy across the board.  And there's always "operator error."

One way of collecting from a "clean" source (well, assuming that there hasn't been a buch of nasty stuff disperssed in to the air) is the tarp collection way.  Create a depression in the middle of a hung tarp, cut a hole there and locate a container to funnel rain and or dew.  I've read about folks doing this on a small scale and digging a hole and setting a piece of material depressed in to it with something to catch dew from, only they don't cut a hole in the material, just allow the dew to form on the underside and dribble into your container: this technique is more suitable to dry/arid regions, where the above-ground-level tarp solution would likely not work.

Manthong's picture

..y'know the initial reports regarding 3'rd world county's disasters are never accurate or complete.

hmm.. not like it was the great reporting we got from Katrina ar anything. 

TBT or not TBT's picture

Reporters taking turns wading into the same convenient stretch of inundated road?

Manthong's picture

actually, it is fun to watch the fools as they try strip each other out by rolling their mikes and schwantes out in the breeze.

NidStyles's picture

It was reported plenty in Asia, just few Americans speak Bisayan or even Tagalog, so they don't care.

Seer's picture

The Philippine govt Does speak English...