Officials and residents didn't know Haiyan's danger level

  • Reports suggest that officials in Tacloban and Manila failed to communicate the real danger of Typhoon Haiyan. 

    The interior secretary said the term "storm surge" was repetitive, even though no one had heard of it before. "I know it's the specific term the meteorologists use, but perhaps we should have said 'tsunami'," he said. Moreover, the interior secretary didn't bring along his satellite phone to his temporary residence, which resulted in him not being in contact with Manila for one full day. 

    Out of the total 220,000 residents of Tacloban, only 15,300 were evacuated. The official death toll stands at 5,235. 

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