On Friday, Super Typhoon Haiyan (also called Yolanda) plowed into the Philippines with tornado-force winds of up to 190 miles per hour. By Monday, the scope of the devastation was starting to become clear, as authorities, aid workers, and journalists started arriving at areas in the typhoon's path.
At least 10,000 people may have died in the city of Tacloban alone, and the hard-hit provincial capital of 223,000 is the focus of much of the early rescue and aid efforts. Due to downed phone lines and bridges and other storm-related damage, the government isn't sure just how badly other areas of the island nation are hit.
"The coastal areas can be quite vulnerable — in many cases, you have fishing communities right up to the shoreline, and they can be wiped out" by a strong storm surge, Robert Zeigler at the International Rice Research Institute in Los Baños, Philippines, tells The New York Times. "The disturbing reports are the lack of reports, and the areas that are cut off could be quite severely hit."
In this video, CNN's Paula Hancocks reports from Tacloban City:
Luckily, the airport runway in Tacloban wasn't destroyed, so food and other aid can be flown in. Here's footage from the aircraft of President Benigno Aquino III as he's flying to the city. Aquino is the man in the yellow shirt passing out bottled water about halfway through the video:
The aftermath is grim, but, as CNN's Andrew Stevens shows us from inside Tacloban, the typhoon was pretty terrifying. The residents of the city and other ravaged areas have a hard road ahead.
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