Philippine death toll increases

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

TACLOBAN, Philippines A run-down, single-story building at the ruined airport in the Philippine city of Tacloban has become the area's main medical center for victims of last week's powerful typhoon.

Hundreds of injured people, along with pregnant women, children and the elderly, have poured into the building since the typhoon struck on Friday.

The facility doesn't have much medicine. The few doctors who are there have so far been dealing with cuts, fractures and pregnancy complications. They say they soon expect to see more serious problems, including pneumonia and dehydration.

The official death toll from the typhoon has risen to 2,344, but it's expected to rise -- perhaps significantly.


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