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AP: The death toll in the Philippine city Tacloban could top reach 10,000 following Super Typhoon Haiyan, a senior police official said.

Elmer Soria, regional police chief, said he was told by the Leyte provincial Gov. Dominic Petilla that there approximately 10,000 deaths on the island from collapsed buildings and floods.

The Philippine government has so far only confirmed the death of several hundred people after the storm struck. Hundreds of thousands of people are reported displaced from their homes.

The BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports that the scene in the city of Tacloban on Leyte island is one of utter devastation. Houses in Leyte’s capital have been flattened by the massive storm surge that accompanied Typhoon Haiyan.

There’s no clean water, no electricity and very little food. City officials said they were struggling to distribute aid and that looting was widespread.

Here’s how you can help the people of my home country, the Philippines, who are affected by Yolanda.

As always, perform due diligence with ANY and ALL charity groups and/or non-profits soliciting donations for victims of natural disasters. Give help, but don’t give blindly.  Also, here is Google’s Person Finder to help families separated by the storm locate one another. WordPress, please reblog and share this and keep the people of the central Philippines in your thoughts and prayers.