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Putin extends condolences to typhoon-hit Philippines
November 10, 2013, 7:59 am

"I don't know how to describe what I saw. It's horrific," Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas, who flew to Tacloban city on Saturday, said on television footage [AP Images]

“I don’t know how to describe what I saw. It’s horrific,” Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas, who flew to Tacloban city on Saturday, said on television footage [AP Images]

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to Philippine President Benigno Aquino following the powerful Haiyan typhoon that has killed at least 10,000 people.

“The Russian president conveyed words of sincere compassion to the relatives and loved ones of the deceased and wished a swift recovery to all those injured,” according to a statement on the Kremlin’s website on Sunday.

Estimates by officials in Tacloban city, the worst hit capital of Leyte province, put the death toll at 10000, local daily Inquirer quoted regional police chief Elmer Soria.

Soria said the deaths were mostly from drowning and collapsed buildings.

“I don’t know how to describe what I saw. It’s horrific,” Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas, who flew to Tacloban city on Saturday, said on television footage.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said that up to 1.7 million Philippine children could be affected by the super typhoon.

An average of 20 typhoons strike the Philippines every year, and Haiyan was the 24th in 2013.

The typhoon now is moving towards Vietnam at a speed of 35 km/ph.

Source: Agencies

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