OVER 100 DEAD IN TACLOBAN CITY/ 'YOLANDA' EXITS PH / KILLS 6 IN CAPIZ
Debris litter the road by the coastal village in Legazpi city following a storm surge brought about by powerful Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Albay province Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, about 520 kilometers ( 325 miles) south of Manila, Philippines. The strongest typhoon this year slammed into Eastern Visayas on Friday, setting off landslides and knocking out power and communication lines in several provinces. AP/Nelson Salting
MANILA NOVEMBER 11, 2013 (PHILSTAR) (Associated Press) - A civil aviation official said Saturday that he has received a report that more than 100 bodies are lying in the streets of a central city in Leyte ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
Capt. John Andrews, deputy director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, said more than 100 others were injured in the city of Tacloban on Leyte Island, where the super typhoon hit Friday.
With power and most communications knocked out a day after the typhoon ravaged the central region, Andrew told The Associated Press that the information about the deaths was relayed to him by his staff in Tacloban.
"The information is reliable," he said.
Nearly 750,000 people were forced to flee their homes and damage was believed to be extensive.
Weather officials said Haiyan had sustained winds of 235 kph (147 mph) with gusts of 275 kph (170 mph) when it made landfall. By those measurements, Haiyan would be comparable to a strong Category 4 hurricane in the U.S., nearly in the top category, a 5.
Hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons are the same thing. They are just called different names in different parts of the world.
Because of cut-off communications in the Philippines, it was impossible to know the full extent of casualties and damage. Officially, four people were listed as dead as of Saturday morning, before the latest information from Tacloban came in.
Southern Leyte Gov. Roger Mercado said the typhoon ripped roofs off houses and triggered landslides that blocked roads.
The dense clouds and heavy rains made the day seem almost as dark as night, he said.
"When you're faced with such a scenario, you can only pray, and pray and pray," Mercado told The Associated Press by telephone, adding that mayors in the province had not called in to report any major damage.
"I hope that means they were spared and not the other way around," he said. "My worst fear is there will be massive loss of lives and property."
Eduardo del Rosario, head of the disaster response agency, said the speed at which the typhoon sliced through the central islands — 40 kph (25 mph) — helped prevent its 600-kilometer (375-mile) band of rain clouds from dumping enough of their load to overflow waterways. Flooding from heavy rains is often the main cause of deaths from typhoons.
"It has helped that the typhoon blew very fast in terms of preventing lots of casualties," regional military commander Lt. Gen. Roy Deveraturda said. He said the massive evacuation of villagers before the storm also saved many lives.
'Yolanda' exits PAR - PAGASA (philstar.com) | Updated November 9, 2013 - 3:18pm 3 8 googleplus1 0
Satellite image of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) as of 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 as it exits the Philippine Area of Responsibility.
MANILA, Philippines - Typhoon "Yolanda" exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Saturday afternoon, more than 24 hours after wreaking havoc in Visayas.
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that as of 2 p.m., the typhoon's eye was estimated at 709 kilometers west of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro or outside PAR.
Yolanda (international name Haiyan) is the strongest to hit the country this year and perceived as the world's strongest in history that made landfall.
It slammed into Guiuan, Eastern Samar as a super typhoon at 4:40 a.m. on Friday and crossed other provinces in Eastern Visayas, Western Visayas, Central Visayas and parts of Luzon, including Quezon and Palawan provinces before it exited landmass on Friday night.
Based on reports, Tacloban City on Leyte Island suffered the most from the typhoon's extremely strong winds that generated storm surges that flooded the capital.
Reports said that more than 100 bodies have been seen sprawled in the streets of Tacloban City. More than a dozen fatalities have also been reported in Samar and other areas struck by the super typhoon.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has yet to issue an updated death count as its field officers have yet to report, particularly those in Eastern Visayas, due to cut off power supply and communication lines.
The agency earlier said that more than 4 million people were affected by the typhoon in the country.
'Yolanda' kills 6 in Capiz; 10 more missing (philstar.com) | Updated November 9, 2013 - 11:06am 9 28 googleplus0 0
MANILA, Philippines - Six more people have been reported killed during the onslaught of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Capiz province.
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of Capiz said three fatalities were recorded in the town of Sigma, 2 in Roxas City and one in President Roxas town.
The PDRRMC also reported 10 people missing.
Earlier reports said more than 100 bodies were seen lying in the streets of Tacloban City, which was struck by strong winds and storm surge as Yolanda slammed into Leyte province.
Four more people have been confirmed dead due to the typhoon by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
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