One of the most powerful storms ever recorded killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines on Friday as huge waves swept away coastal villages and devastated one of the main cities in the region.
Typhoon Haiyan, which slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday, is the strongest typhoon of the year and one of the strongest storms on record. It also appears to be the deadliest storm – and natural disaster – on record to hit the Philippines,
At least 10,000 people were killed, while police sources said between 70 and 80 percent of structures in the super typhoon Haiyan’s path through the centre of the country were destroyed.
Most of the deaths appear to have been caused by surging sea water strewn with debris that many said resembled a tsunami, levelling houses and drowning hundreds of people.
Nearly 480,000 people were displaced and 4.5 million "affected" by the typhoon in 36 provinces, the national disaster agency said, as relief agencies called for food, water, medicines and tarpaulins for the homeless.
Witnesses and officials described chaotic scenes in Leyte's capital, Tacloban, a coastal city of 220,000 about 580 km southeast of Manila which bore the brunt of the disaster, with hundreds of bodies piled along roads and pinned under wrecked houses.
Homes in Tacloban were utterly destroyed, November 10, 2013. ©AFP
The bodies of two victims at a school in Tacloban. The authorities estimate that more than 10,000 people were killed by the typhoon. ©AFP
Survivors in Tacloban survey their devastated surroundings. ©AFP
The body of a man, victim of Typhoon Haiyan. ©AFP
A survivor looks at the wreckage of his home. ©AFP
The storm hit the Philippines coast with such power that the waves were compared to a tsunami. ©AFP
The typhoon was one of the strongest recorded globally, and the worst and most destructive to hit the Philippines. ©AFP
Date created : 2013-11-10