Deaths, destruction tallied in the Philippines

7:03 PM, Nov 9, 2013   |    comments
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TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) - The president of the Philippines isn't estimating how many people may have been killed or injured in the powerful typhoon that slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday.

But he says the number is expected to be "substantially more" than the 138 who have been confirmed dead. He says the government's priority now is to restore power and communications in isolated areas so that victims can get supplies and medical assistance.

The typhoon is now headed for Vietnam, where authorities in four central provinces have begun evacuating more than half a million people in high-risk areas. The typhoon is forecast to make landfall in Vietnam early tomorrow and move northwest.

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