Super typhoon death toll 'rising steeply'

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was very concerned that the death toll from Typhoon Haiyan appears to be "rising steeply" and has already affected 9.5 million people in the Philippines.

Survivors stand among debris and ruins of houses destroyed after Super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines.
Survivors stand among debris and ruins of houses destroyed after Super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines. Credit: Reuters/ Erik De Castro

In a statement, the spokesperson for the Secretary-General said:

"The Secretary-General is extremely concerned by the impact of Typhoon Haiyan, one of the largest storms to ever make landfall, which has affected some 9.5 million people in the Philippines and caused widespread destruction and displacement.

"The death toll appears to be rising steeply, as remote areas are reached."

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