Tuesday, 12 November 2013

[PF:172842] Biggest storm in history: 1,200 dead and MILLIONS affected across the Philippines.

Biggest storm in history: 1,200 dead and MILLIONS affected across the Philippines... and now 235mph Typhoon Haiyan is heading for mainland Asia
  • Typhoon Haiyan was a maximum category-five storm with ground winds of up to 235mph
  • Red Cross today estimates 1,200 people have been killed, 1,000 of those in the city of Tacloban, Leyte
  • 800,000 evacuated before gales whipped up 19ft waves that battered the islands of Leyte and Samar
  • Storm has now passed majority of the islands and is set to move inland towards Laos and Vietnam
  • Disaster relief teams are now attempting to get supplies to those most affected
  • International aid teams are being flown in to the devastated country with three UK experts arriving today
  • Locals, many of whom are pictured transporting corpses in wheelbarrows, now attempt to rebuild their lives

 


One of the most powerful storms on record, Typhoon Haiyan, has killed 1,200 people and left many more injured.

According to the Red Cross, 1,200 have been left dead - 1,000 of those in the city of Tacloban, on the island of Leyte.

About four million people are believed to have been affected by the category five storm, according to the country's national disaster agency. This figure includes 800,000 people who had to be evacuated before the storm struck.

Winds of up to 235mph and gusts of 170mph left a trail of destruction - triggering major landslides, knocking out power and communications and causing catastrophic widespread damage. Hundreds of homes have been flattened and scores of streets flooded.

 

Desolation: This heartbreaking picture shows an flattened area of Tacloban city covered by debris and flood water

Desolation: This picture shows an flattened area of the destroyed Tacloban city covered by debris and flood water

Damage: More ruined buildings in Tacloban city, Leyte, can be seen lining the coast of the devastated area

Damage: More ruined buildings in Tacloban city, Leyte, can be seen lining the coast of the devastated area

Flattened: A Filipino boy stands among the debris in Tacloban, Leyte province - one of the worst hit areas of Typhoon Haiyan

Flattened: A Filipino boy stands among the debris in Tacloban, Leyte - one of the worst areas hit by category five storm Typhoon Haiyan

 


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