Nov 18, 2013

    Police chief fired over '10k deaths' estimate


    A SENIOR police commander was fired late last week for telling reporters that the death toll from Super Typhoon Haiyan could exceed 10,000, according to a Philippine government news agency.

    The Philippines News Agency reported that Mr Elmer Soria, the chief superintendent for the central Philippine province of Leyte, "was relieved of his post" for sharing the alarming estimate.

    "We all know that Chief Superintendent Elmer Soria has been through a lot in the past days and may be experiencing what you call 'acute stress reaction'," the Philippine National Police said in a statement to local broadcaster ABS-CBN News.

    " was deemed by higher headquarters that he might need to go through a stress debriefing."

    The Philippine government said yesterday that 3,681 had so far been confirmed dead in the disaster, with another 1,186 people missing.

    The United Nations says the death toll will climb much higher over the coming months as a full assessment is made.

    AP, NYT