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Over 100 Dead in Typhoon Onslaught in Philippines

Nearly 750,000 people forced to flee their homes; damage believed to be extensive
Updated Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, 9:16 p.m. ET

NASA's Aqua satellite acquired this image of Super Typhoon Haiyan over the Philippines at 2:10 p.m. local time (5:10 UTC) on Nov. 8, 2013, when winds were estimated to be 270 kph (165 mph). (NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - One of the strongest storms on record slammed into the central Philippines, killing more than 100 people whose bodies lay in the streets of one of the hardest-hit cities, an official said Saturday.

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 Typhoon Haiyan 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.

Photos: Typhoon Haiyan Slams into Philippines
Residents (R) stand along a sea wall as high waves pounded them amidst strong winds as Typhoon Haiyan hit the city of Legaspi, Albay province, south of Manila on November 8, 2013.  One of the most intense typhoons on record whipped the Philippines on November 8, killing three people and terrifying millions as monster winds tore roofs off buildings and giant waves washed away flimsy homes.AFP PHOTO/CHARISM SAYAT        (Photo credit should read Charism SAYAT/AFP/Getty Images)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.

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Cris & Aleli

This is one of those times that we need to look for each other.God said love
the Lord with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself. There is no greater
commandment than these. We will pray for them.

November 09 2013 at 10:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I pray for them, also

November 09 2013 at 9:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And we won't be able to send them money fast enough. While when it happens here in our country the victims have to wait a year or more to get back to normal. Thank you US government for putting everyone ahead of your own.

November 09 2013 at 9:18 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

I thought the devastation was extensive but it kinda looked like that before the storm hit. I would not worry about the people, remember this is the 24th this year, testament to what they can.

November 09 2013 at 6:46 AM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to rdgarzon's comment

get a life
thank God
for what you have -----
i have been there and lived there and yes you go there
and be a part of there live's
then think twice about what you want to talk about

November 09 2013 at 10:15 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The reason the World is in such a mess is because of People who think like you, We all must live together and respect each other. Only then will there be Peace on Earth.

November 09 2013 at 3:44 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

I think Phillipine people are great. I'm sending $$.

November 09 2013 at 12:06 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Too bad Clark AFB isn't still there. They could have helped them. But I guess if they don't want us there we don't need to be there.

November 08 2013 at 10:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Mike's comment

We DESPERATELY needed to be there.
Still do...

We also "helped them" to become dependent on US money, establish a sex for sale economy, and do domestic work for Americans instead of going to school and getting REAL skills.

We also DESPERATELY need them to think they need us...

November 09 2013 at 1:25 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Dont for get the Phillippino people are some of the friendlys people in the world i wish them the very best and some of the rest of the world could take some lessons about being friendly God help them

November 08 2013 at 10:43 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

No worries. Barry's already firing up the checkbook. Just waiting for the Chinese to give him the ok.

November 08 2013 at 10:25 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I pray for them

November 08 2013 at 6:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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