Now downgraded to a tropical storm, Haiyan, which may have left a deathtoll in the Philippines as high as 10,000 as a super typhoon, made landfall early this morning in Vietnam with sustained winds of 75 mph.
Anticipating the blow, northern Vietnam evacuated 600,000 from the coastline near the China border, but according to the BBC, emergency preparations alone killed 11 people, including a journalist who died in an accident while traveling to cover the storm.
As the Philippines continues to struggle to reach areas left without food and water, U.S. marines and rescue workers from Japan and Singapore arrived today to assist around the devastated island nation.
“We want an organized, coordinated brigade to collect the dead bodies, bring food and stop the looting,” survivor Joan Lumbre-Wilson, 54, in the ruined city of Tacloban, told news reporters.
“It has been four days. We want water and food. We want someone who will help. We are emotionally drained and physically exhausted. There are many babies and children who need attention,” she added.