Manila — Chaos and looting have broken out in an eastern Philippine province badly hit by Typhoon Haiyan, with survivors desperately searching for food, medicines, and other supplies, said an official.
The government is sending hundreds of policemen from Manila to Tacloban City in the province of Leyte to restore order, said Senior Police Superintendent Reuben Sindac.
“It’s very chaotic in Tacloban now,” Roger Mercado, governor of the nearby province of Southern Leyte, told a Manila television station. “There’s already looting and the people are even destroying bank ATMs to get money,” said a report.
Officials said they were struggling to distribute aid and that looting was widespread.
Authorities are estimating the death toll from the typhoon may reach 10,000.
The storm destroyed homes, schools and an airport in Tacloban.
At least 500 bodies have been recovered and taken to the damaged airport, according to local officials.
There is no clean water, no electricity, and very little food in the city, said reports.
The typhoon is now approaching Vietnam and is expected to make landfall south of Hanoi on Monday afternoon local time. Over 600,000 people have already been evacuated.