Zee Media Bureau
Tacloban: Typhoon Haiyan, one of the fiercest storms on record to ever have made landfall, ripped through the Philippine province of Leyte killing at least 10, 000 in the island alone, said a top police official.
The typhoon displaced over 3 lakh people and affected 4.3 million people, said the UN humanitarian agency.
Armed with violent gusts reaching 275 Km/h and sustained winds of 235km/h, the deadly storm ruined about 70 to 80 percent of the area that came in its way as it rushed through Letye province`s capital city of Tacloban, reports said.
The whopping figure of death toll was declared by regional police chief Elmer Soria who said that Letye province`s Governor had estimated the death toll at 10, 000 in the island alone, while Tacloban city administrator Tecson Lim told another news agency that 10, 000 were dead i n the city alone.
Lim added that only 300-400 bodies have been recovered so far.
Earlier the government estimated the number of those killed by the storm at 138 on Saturday night, while the Red Cross pegged the toll at 1200 yesterday.
The Philippine govt is yet to confirm the high death toll figure of 10, 000.
The monster typhoon Haiyna is a category 5 typhoon that brought along upto 400mm rains in places.
The officials said that most of the deaths were either form drowning or building collapses that was in turn triggered by the mighty sea waves of upto 15 metre in height that many likened to tsunami.
Moreover, hundreds of thousands were told to have been displaced from their homes.
The typhoon has unleashed a heartbreaking spectacle of destruction and death with the roads littered with debris and dead bodies afloat everywhere.
Other than causing deaths and sweeping away a sea of homes, the storm also disrupted power lines and destroyed the Tacloban airport.
The amount of devastation will need an "overwhelming" response from relief and rescue operations said Philippine Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, according to a BBC report.
The report added that the government had requested the US to help and the Pentagon said it was sending helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft and search and rescue equipments.
The super typhoo, however was reported to have weakened Sunday to 166 kph (103 mph) as it was headed foer Vietnam. It was forecasted that the typhoon could weaken further on Monday when it would make a landfall on Vietnam’s Thanh Hoa province.
In Vietnam, over eight lakh people have been moved to safer zones as people brace for a weakened Typhoon Haiyan, but even in its less fiercer form, the typhoon is supposed to bring rains and floods and cause damages.