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Thousands more may be dead

Nov 11th, 2013 - International News

ACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials say Friday's typhoon in the central part of the country may have killed 10,000 or more, but the official death toll is still less than 950.

In many areas bodies lie uncounted in the streets, as survivors search for food, water and medicine.

Officers at a small naval base say there are no body bags to move eight corpses submerged there in sea water.

The U.S. military has begun bringing in supplies and troops.

A U.S. Marine general says he saw bodies everywhere when his helicopter flew over the region. Marine Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy says every building and house he saw was destroyed or severely damaged, and he says, "I don't know how else you can describe total devastation."

— Filipino worshippers are praying and seeking guidance in the wake of Friday's devastating typhoon in the Philippines that has left thousands dead.

In New York, there were fears, worries and prayer at the Filipino American United Church of Christ in Queens. Rachel Dadap was hoping for the best. A loss of communications had prevented her from reaching her sister, who lives in a hard-hit area of central Philippines.

Pastor Reuben Cedino says he happened to be preaching from the current section of the lectionary dealing with resurrection. Cedino says that is the hope of believers at a time when the storm's death toll is so high.

The church is also raising money for disaster relief.

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