Typhoon Haiyan appears to be one of the deadliest natural disasters on record. Haiyan hit the eastern coast of the Philippines on Friday with winds reaching 170 mph. One of the hardest hit sections of the country was Leyte Island and its capital city of Tacloban where an estimated 10,000 people died.
Corpses hung from trees, were scattered on sidewalks or buried in flattened buildings — some of the 10,000 people believed killed in one Philippine city alone by ferocious Typhoon Haiyan that washed away homes and buildings with powerful winds and giant waves…
Hardest hit in the Philippines was Leyte Island, where officials said there may be 10,000 dead in the provincial capital of Tacloban alone. Reports also trickled in from elsewhere on the island, as well as from neighboring islands, indicating hundreds more deaths, although it will be days before the full extent of the storm can be assessed.
The thousands of deaths come after a government evacuation plan which moved 800,000 people out of the typhoon’s path, though the final body count could be more thousands more. The chief causes of death seem to be building collapse and drowning.
UNICEF estimated that 1.7 million children live in areas affected by the typhoon, according to the agency’s representative in the Philippines, Tomoo Hozumi. UNICEF’s supply division in Copenhagen was loading 60 metric tons of relief supplies for an emergency airlift expected to arrive in the Philippines on Tuesday.
The typhoon move on from the Philippines and hit Vietnam where others are believe to have died. More accurate accounts of the death and destruction are expected to come in as the cleanup efforts begin.
If you would like to help you can donate to the Red Cross of the Philippines.