The disaster in the Philippines seems impossible to put into perspective. Thomas Lumley at Stats Chat tries:
There are reports that as many as 10,000 people may have died on the Philippine island of Leyte on Friday, drowned in the storm surge or killed by collapsing buildings.
Leyte is roughly comparable in size and population to the Auckland Region (about 40% larger). Fewer than 8000 people died in Auckland in all of 2012.
That is a telling understatement.