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Philippine typhoon death 10,000; Inching toward Vietnam

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SUNDAY UPDATE:

The deadly storm that hit the Philippines on Friday is inching closer to Vietnam.  Forecasters predict the typhoon will make landfall there Monday morning.

Typhoon Haiyan weakened to 101 miles-per-hour Sunday as it approached central and northern Vietnam.

Despite weakening, the storm is likely to cause heavy rains, flooding, strong winds and mudslides, as it makes its way north in the South China Sea.

The government's website said,Vietnamese authorities have moved more than 880,000 people in central provinces to safe zones.

At least six people were killed due to heavy rain and strong winds, state media reported.

Several hundred domestic and international flights have been canceled ahead of the typhoon.

In the central Philippines on Sunday, a senior official confirmed that at least 10,000 people were killed.

Huge waves swept away entire coastal villages and devastated the region's main city.

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SATURDAY

A senior regional police official and a city administrator in the typhoon-ravaged Tacloban city in the central Philippines say the death toll there could reach 10,000 people.

Regional police chief Elmer Soria said he was briefed by Leyte provincial Gov. Dominic Petilla on Saturday and told there were about 10,000 deaths on the island, mostly by drowning and from collapsed buildings.

Tacloban city administrator Tecson Lim said that the death toll in the city alone "could go up to 10,000."

So far, government officials have confirmed 138 deaths. At least 118 of those were on hardest-hit Leyte Island, where Tacloban is located, national disaster agency spokesman Maj. Reynaldo Balido told The Associated Press.

But after arriving in Tacloban on Saturday, Interior Secretary Max Roxas said it was too early to know how many people had died.

The death toll is expected to rise sharply as rescue workers reach areas cut off by the fast-moving storm, whose circumference eclipsed the whole country and which late on Saturday was heading toward Vietnam.

The weather system nearly 200-mph winds as it rampaged through the Philippines on Friday. It was downgraded overnight from a "super typhoon," equivalent to a category 4 or 5 hurricane, to a typhoon.

Along the way, it cut off many of the country's lines of communication, making it hard to establish the extent of its damage.

Pang stressed that the death toll estimates were being checked, and that a more precise number would emerge as rescuers reached unchecked areas.

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