As many as 10,000 people are feared dead in one city alone after Super Typhoon Haiyan — one of the most powerful storms ever recorded — slammed into the central islands of the Philippines, officials said.
Most of the deaths were from drowning or caused by collapsed buildings. The number of families affected by the typhoon has reached the 2 million mark according to a statement from the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development. Some 96,039 displaced families with 449,416 people are staying in 1,790 evacuation centers, while 36,627 other families with 182,379 people temporarily sought shelter in their friends and relatives’ houses, according to the statement.
Bodies of the dead are scattered through the country’s streets as residents await relief. With power and communication out for millions, it could take days, if not weeks, before officials in the Philippines learn the full extent of the damage.