Many lives lost as Haiyan, one of the most powerful tropical typhoons...EVER, blew through the Philippines.
The category 5 super-typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest ever recorded in modern history, has caused havoc in 36 provinces of the Philippines, with sustained winds of 195 MPH with wind gusts reaching the incredible speed of 230+ MPH. The worst affected areas are the eastern islands of Leyte and Samar, which sustained the heaviest damage Friday .
Nearly all houses in Tacloban, which has a population of about 220,000, were damaged or destroyed, and casualties were feared to be massive, a disaster official told Reuters earlier, without announcing any casualty figures. Many as yet unidentified bodies have been found on the roads.
The government earlier ordered more plastic body bags to be delivered to Tacloban.
Rescue operations are being hampered by fallen trees that are blocking the roads, which in some regions went underwater completely. Many ferry services and local airports in the central Philippines remain closed, blocking the delivery of vital aid supplies.