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Philippine president chastises local authorities' preparedness

Published:Sunday | November 17, 2013 | 12:17 PM

Philippines' president, Benigno Aquino, has criticised authorities in some areas for not being fully prepared for the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

During a visit to the coastal town of Guiuan, he praised local officials for carrying out a proper evacuation, but said it was in contrast to other towns.

Aquino has been criticised for his own government's response.

Meanwhile, survivors have attended services for victims of Haiyan, which killed more than 3,600 nine days ago. In many places, including the mostly flattened city of Tacloban in Leyte province, Masses were held in half-destroyed and flooded churches.