Typhoon Haiyan has left the Philippines with a monumental task of clearing up and a possible death toll in the thousands. Later Sunday figures were revised up. The death toll could now be 10,000 with around 4.3 million people affected by the monster Typhoon.
In spite of evacuations and warnings issued in good time the Typhoon was just too fierce. It hit land with mighty winds and swept across the country with force. Many people were killed as buildings were flattened.
Sunday BBC News reports: "Around 10,000 people may have died in just one area of the Philippines hit by Typhoon Haiyan, according to officials".
Tragic scenes of devastation with locals wading chest high through polluted water amidst scenes of chaos hint at the huge rescue and restoration task the Philippines faces. Reports of "zombie" like citizens foraging for food are heartbreaking.
The country's military are working hard and international aid teams are already mobilised.
Now that extreme weather events appear to becoming more common place rescue and aid operations are more easily and rapidly put into motion.
The image above is from the airport at Tacloban which reportedly is a scene of complete devastation.
The logistical challenges of a humanitarian aid effort are stretched by damage to the airport and roads.
The official death toll, released by the Philippine government is 151 but there are fears it will be in the thousands. Many more people are displaced. No electricity, no fresh water and little food means that their health is already compromised.
"Neighbouring Samar island was also badly affected, with reports of 300 people dead and 2,000 missing".
Typhoon Haiyan has left the Phippines and decreased in strength but it could still cause for chaos and deaths. It is expected to hit land south of Hanoi, Vietnam, on Monday afternoon local time (between 03:00 and 09:00 GMT), Preparations are ongoing. The race is on to limit the death toll in Vietnam.
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