21st Century Wire says…
The super typhoon called “Haiyan” is being dubbed one of the most powerful storms in recorded history, hitting a number of islands in the Philippine cluster in the South China Sea and moving towards mainland Asia.
Winds have been measured in excess of 166 miles per hour.
The devastation has been awesome – and has claimed many lives, with a cost to private property and business owners too high to calculate right now.
Typhoon Haiyan: Experts fly in to Philippines as death toll reaches 1,200
More than 1,200 people are feared dead in the Philippines after one of the most powerful storms ever recorded left a trail of destruction across large parts of the archipelago.
About 1,000 people are believed to have died in the city of Tacloban when Typhoon Haiyan swept through it on Friday, according to the Philippines Red Cross. About 200 people also died in the Samar province, the Red Cross said.
Sandy Torotoro, a Tacloban resident, said that he was swept away when his house was ripped from its moorings by the 147mph winds.
“When we were being swept by the water, many people were floating and raising their hands and yelling for help. But what can we do? We also needed to be helped,” he said.
Sebastian Rhodes Stampa, head of the UN…
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