TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) - The desperation in the Philippines' disaster zone has turned deadly.
The National Food Authority says eight people were crushed to death when thousands of typhoon survivors stormed a government rice warehouse.
A spokesman for the agency says police and soldiers were helpless as looters carted away more than 100,000 sacks of rice. The eight were killed when a wall collapsed on them.
Since the storm, people have broken into homes, malls and garages, where they have stripped the shelves of food, water and other goods. Authorities have struggled to stop the looting. There have been unconfirmed reports of armed gangs involved in some instances.