Palo, Leyte: 130 Dead After Haiyan Hits, Most Cops Missing
Relief goods still haven't reached city as of Wednesday morning
People walk among debris and destroyed houses in Palo, eastern island of Leyte on November 10, 2013, three days after devastating Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the area on November 8. The death toll from a super typhoon that decimated entire towns in the Philippines could soar well over 10,000, authorities warned on November 10, making it the country's worst recorded natural disaster. (Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images)
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Palo in Leyte Province is among many areas that were hit stunningly hard by Typhoon Haiyan, leaving at least 130 dead and residents looting to survive.
Basically no houses were left in Brgy. Candahug in Palo after the typhoon, reported ABS-CBN on Wednesday.
The death toll increased to 130, and almost all of the 983 members of the Eastern Visayas police forced based in Palo are missing.
A huge storm surge hit the police headquarters. A source said that only 34 police officers have reported for duty so far.
Residents are in desperate need of water, food, and medicine, which is leading to looting, ABS-CBN reported. They are looting department stores and other stores, taking television sets, beds, food, and other items.
The looting has included people breaking glass to enter the Robinsons Mall, where people took food and spare car parts, according to DZMM radio.
Relief goods still hadn’t reached Palo as of Wednesday morning. Residents are hoping relief goods will arrive soon.
Much church infrastructure was destroyed in Palo, including the cathedral of Palo and the shrine of Santo Niño.