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8 dead in rice looting in typhoon-hit Philippines

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    Typhoon survivors jostle to get a chance to board a C-130 military transport plane Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Tacloban, central Philippines. Thousands of typhoon survivors swarmed the airport on Tuesday seeking a flight out, but only a few hundred made it, leaving behind a shattered, rain-lashed city short of food and water and littered with countless bodies. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
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    A husband and wife protect their baby from the rain as they wait for an evacuation flight in Tacloban, central Philippines, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Thousands of typhoon survivors swarmed the airport here on Tuesday seeking a flight out, but only a few hundred made it, leaving behind a shattered, rain-lashed city short of food and water and littered with countless bodies. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
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TACLOBAN, Philippines >> An official says eight people were crushed to death when thousands of typhoon survivors stormed a government rice warehouse in the typhoon-ravaged central Philippines.

National Food Authority spokesman Rex Estoperez said Wednesday that police and soldiers were helpless when the looting took place in Leyte’s Alangalang municipality on Tuesday.

He said the eight were crushed when a wall collapsed.  The looters carted away more than 100,000 sacks of rice.

Estoperez says there are other warehouses in the region but refused to say where they are for security reasons.

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