Natural Disasters

Typhoon Deaths May Not Be as High as Feared

Five-figure projection now appears unlikely in the Philippines

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While still unimaginably devastating, Typhoon Haiyan may not turn out to be as deadly as initially thought, the president of the Philippines told CNN's Christiane Amanpour Tuesday.

The initial projection of 10,000 deaths now appears to be "too much" and the final toll is more likely to be in the range of 2,000 to 2,500, President Benigno Aquino III said.

The official death toll stood at 1,774 on Tuesday, which would suggest Aquino believes a little more than 700 bodies remain unaccounted for.