Super Typhoon Haiyan Aftermath: 10000 Feared Dead In Philippines As Storm Moves On To Vietnam And China

By Josh Lieberman on November 11, 2013 5:00 PM EST

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Typhoon Haiyan is believed to have killed up to 10,000 people in the Philippines this weekend. (Photo: Reuters)

Thousands of people are missing and an estimated 10,000 are dead after Super Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines this weekend. With 195-mph winds and 19-foot waves, Haiyan displaced as many as 600,000 people in the Philippines before heading to Vietnam and China.

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In the Philippines, Super Typhoon Haiyan claimed almost every structure in its path, even taking down entire coastal villages. In the Leyte province, some 70 to 80 percent of structures in in Haiyan's path were leveled. Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas said he could barely describe the horrific destruction in Leyte.

"From a helicopter, you can see the extent of devastation," said Roxas. "From the shore and moving a kilometer inland, there are no structures standing. It was like a tsunami."

Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippine Red Cross, described the bloated bodies lying in the streets: "There are too many people dead. We have bodies in the water, bodies on the bridges, bodies on the side of the road."

Now that Hiayan has left the Philippines, international relief efforts have begun. The U.N. World Food Program has flown in 44 tons of high energy biscuits capable of feeding 120,000 people for one day, and the United States is committing military to the Haiyan relief effort. On Sunday, 90 Marines and sailors arrived in the Philippines to assist with search and rescue operations. Two Navy P-3 Orion surveillance aircraft and MV-22 Osprey cargo aircraft will also be commited to rescue efforts in coming days. 

Haiyan has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it makes its way through Vietnam and China. The storm has killed 13 people in Vietnam and at least nine in China, with 74-mph wind gusts knocking down power lines and plunging homes into darkness.

Kevin Noth, a lead meteorologist at the Weather Channel, said that Haiyan was one of the biggest storms in history. 

"After researching this, we believe that when it hit the Philippines this may have been the strongest ever recorded storm to make landfall," said Noth. "There have been more powerful storms over the sea, but this could be the strongest ever to hit land."

Those wishing to donate to Haiyan relief efforts should make sure their money is going to the right place; scammers have a tendency to pop up after natural disasters. Head over to Charity Navigator, a watchdog group that rates charities. Among Charity Navigator's four-star-rated charities involved in the Haiyan relief effort are Direct Relief, Save the Children and Oxfam America.

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