Saturday, 9 November 2013

Super Typhoon Haiyan: At Least '1,200 Dead'

More than 1,000 bodies are reported in just one affected town as a survivor says the cyclone hit like "a tsunami".




The country's Red Cross says it has been told there are 1,000 dead in Tacloban and 200 in Samar alone.
The official death toll had reached 138 by 1pm on Saturday (UK time) but there are fears many hundreds more could have died as the tropical cyclone smashed through the country with winds gusting up to 170mph.
A man walks amid shattered homes
A man walks amid shattered homes in Tacloban
And there are growing fears for Vietnam which is now in the path of what has been called one of the most powerful recorded cyclones in history.
Gwendolyn Pang, Philippine Red Cross secretary general said: "An estimated more than 1,000 bodies were seen floating in Tacloban. In Samar, about 200 deaths. Validation is ongoing."
When asked how many had died in just the coastal town of Palo and its surrounding area, Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla said: "I think hundreds. Palo, Ormoc, Burauen... Carigara, they all looked the same."
A mother weeps beside the dead body of her son
A mother weeps beside the dead body of her son
Manila-based journalist Mike Cohen told Sky News: "The video images we are seeing are so gruesome we cannot show them. There are bodies piled up upon bodies in several areas.
"This is from Leyte and Samar provinces. We are still not through the other four provinces."
Dozens, possibly hundreds, of towns and villages are thought to have been inundated with water after storm surges flooded low-lying areas, drowning many in their path.
Children play in wreckage
Children play among downed power lines
TV pictures showed cars, trees and rubble from houses strewn across streets after they were picked up by giant waves and carried inland.
One survivor said: "We thought it was a tsunami."
"Almost all houses were destroyed, many are totally damaged. Only a few are left standing," said Major Rey Balido, a spokesman for the national disaster agency.
Residents carry the body of a loved one
Residents carry the body of a loved one
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