Desperate Philippine typhoon survivors loot, dig up water pipes




 
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Desperate Philippine typhoon survivors loot, dig up water pipes
 
November 13th, 2013  
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Desperate Philippine typhoon survivors loot, dig up water pipes
By Andrew R.C. Marshall and Stuart Grudgings TACLOBAN, Philippines (Reuters) - Desperation gripped Philippine islands devastated by Typhoon Haiyan as looting turned deadly on Wednesday and survivors panicked over delays in supplies of food, water and medicine, some digging up underground water pipes and smashing them open. Five days after one of the strongest storms ever recorded slammed into cities and towns in the central Philippines, anger and frustration boiled over on Wednesday as essential supplies dwindled. Controversy also emerged over the death toll. President Benigno Aquino said local officials had overstated the loss of life, saying it was closer to 2,000 or 2,500 than the 10,000 previously estimated.




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