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More than 130 dead in typhoon onslaught in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - At least 138 people are confirmed dead in the aftermath of a typhoon that slammed into six central Philippine islands yesterday, but the death toll is expected to climb.

The Philippine interior secretary says officials expect "a very high number of fatalities" from one of the strongest typhoons on record. He describes the damage in the city of Tacloban as "really horrific."

The Philippine Red Cross says its field staff in the region estimated the toll was about 1,000.

Civil aviation authorities in Tacloban, about 360 miles southeast of Manila, reported that the seaside airport terminal was "ruined." U.S. Marine Col. Mike Wylie says military planes could still land with relief aid.

Secretary of State John Kerry says America "stands ready to help."


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