FOUR HOURS OF FEAR AND DESTRUCTION Winds flattened hundreds of homes, Heavy rainfall triggered mudslides and flash flooding. A storm surge with waves of up to 10 m (30 feet) destroyed everything, sweeping people away and drowning thousands. Authorities said almost 800,000 people were evacuated to emergency shelters.
AN AERIAL VIEW It was like a tsunami," Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas told Reuters. "From a helicopter, you can see the extent of devastation. From the shore and moving a kilometer inland, there are no structures standing.
INITIAL IMPACTS IN THE PHILIPPINES Wide spread flooding and power outages Winds of 380 kph (290 mph) TACLOBAN hit very hard by the storm surge with many deaths Tacloban’s airport destroyed
INITIAL IMPACTS IN THE PHILIPPINES Loss of communication An estimated 10,000 people dead; EVEN HIGHER TOLL POSSIBLE Economic losses in the billions
SURVIVOR NEEDS Survivors are in desperate need of clean drinking water and food Survivors temporarily cut off from aid, and from their families in the Philippines as well as in other countries (e.g., 3 million in the USA)
USA MILITARY FORCES DISPATCHED TO ASSIST IN WHAT WILL BE AN HISTORIC RELIEF EFFORT
MORE DEVASTATION AHEAD 1)ANOTHER TYPHOON RATED AS A HEAVY RAINMAKER WITH APPROXIMATELY THE SAME PATH IS EXPECTED IN 3-4 DAYS