Typhoon May be Deadliest Philippines Disaster Ever

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One of the most powerful typhoons in history has left a trail of death and devastation in the Philippines. It may turn out to be the deadliest natural disaster on record there.

In one town, officials say there could be as many as 10,000 people dead. In another, at least 300 people are confirmed dead as rescue efforts swing into high gear.

When it made landfall Friday, Typhoon Haiyan had wind gusts of up to 170 miles-per-hour and sustained winds up to 147-miles-per-hour.

The central Philippine city of Tacloban was in ruins Saturday. Horrified residents spoke of storm surges as high as trees and authorities said they were expecting a "very high number of fatalities."

The typhoon slammed into six central Philippine islands, wiping away buildings and leveling seaside homes.

 CBN News Asia Correspondent Lucille Talusan talked more about the storm and what CBN Disaster Relief is doing to provide aid to victims on CBN News Today, Nov. 8.

Torrential rains triggered landslides and knocked down structures along the path of the storm. Experts had warned there aren't many buildings that can withstand such powerful winds.

Nearly 720,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes. Power and communication lines are down in several areas, making it hard to assess the magnitude of the damage.

"When you're faced with such a scenario, you can only pray and pray and pray," one official told the Associated Press by phone.
    
CBN Disaster Relief teams were already on the ground in Bohol, bringing relief to victims of a massive earthquake that hit the island just last month. Now they're gearing up to assist the victims of this latest deadly storm.

The teams had already prepared relief supplies such as mats, blankets, tents, food and water.

Typhoon Haiyan is heading away from the Philippines and back into the South China Sea.

The typhoon is now on track to strike Vietnam. Forecasters say there could be more intense damage.

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