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

An aid agency says it has received reports that 1,200 people have been killed in only two of the six areas of the Philippines hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan.
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.
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."
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.
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.
A British team of humanitarian experts is due to fly out to the far eastern country to help the UK Government decide what aid to send.
An appeal launched by the British Red Cross has already raised more than £100,000. US Secretary of State John Kerry said that America stood "ready to help".
About a million people who were evacuated because they were living in the typhoon's path have been returning to find out what is left of their houses.
Hundreds of thousands are said to have lost their homes.
Many of the most heavily damaged areas are still to be contacted because power and telephone lines are down, suggesting the final death toll could be much higher.
Captain John Andrews, deputy director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, said he had spoken to colleagues in some of the affected areas by radio who had told him there were bodies lying in the street.
There were "100-plus dead, lying on the streets, with 100 plus injured" in Tacloban, the airport worker had told him.
Tacloban is the capital of Leyte, a large island of about two million people that suffered a direct hit from Haiyan on Friday morning when the storm was at its strongest.
Leyte Island, about 350miles south of the capital Manila, is one of five islands that was in the path of the super typhoon.
At one point before it hit land the super typhoon had been even stronger, with winds gusting up to 235mph, which made it among the most powerful ever.
Meteorologists said that it had slowed to 100mph after passing over the Philippines but could pick up strength again as it sweeps across the South China Sea toward Vietnam.
Hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese have been moved away from coastal areas as authorities prepared for Haiyan to make landfall around 10am Sunday. Millions are thought to be living in its path.


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