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President: Typhoon killed 2,000

The president of the Philippines has said he believes the much-publicised figure of 10,000 deaths from the typhoon may be too high. President Benigno Aquino III told CNN his government was working on an estimate of 2,000-2,500 deaths.

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Germany promises quick aid in typhoon aftermath

As one of the most powerful storms ever recorded killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle promised the region quick help after the natural catastrophe.

"We mourn the many many victims, we mourn with the many many families about the victims", he said after returning from the talks in Geneva. "It is self-evident that Germany will be be among those who will try to ease the suffering".

Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle Credit: Reuters

Westerwelle said that Germany will show their support with an immediate help of 500,000 euros and in the longer run to assist technologically.

"A team of the THW (technical support) is on its way. And with the help of the crisis centres in the embassies Germany will decide what else can be done. Because we want the suffering of the people to ease as soon as possible", he said.

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