Official death toll in Philippine storm hits 942

  • Associated Press
  • November 11, 2013 - 5:20 AM

TACLOBAN, Philippines — The Philippine military said Monday it has confirmed 942 people have died in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

Military spokesman Lt. Jim Alagao said 275 others were confirmed missing from the storm, one of the strongest on record.

The death toll is expected to rise considerably. Two provincial officials predicted Sunday that it could reach 10,000 or more.

Disrupted transportation and communications links have made it difficult to count the dead and distribute relief goods. Destruction from the typhoon, which slammed into the central Philippines on Friday, was extensive, with debris blocking roads and trapping decomposing bodies.

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