Typhoon Disaster: "Two Out of Five Bodies Are Children"

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Bodies piled in the streets as makeshift mortuaries are overrun and Philippine typhoon rescue teams warn death toll will 'rise sharply' from the 10,000 already confirmed

  • Typhoon Haiyan was a maximum category-five storm with gusts of up to 235mph
  • Authorities say in the city of Tacloban, Leyte, alone, 10,000 could be dead and 'two out of five bodies' are children
  • Tens of millions of pounds worth of aid has been pledged by countries around the world
  • Aid agencies say as many as 10million people could be in need of shelter, clean water and food
  • Mortuaries set up in remaining buildings like churches are overrun with bodies
  • Britain has pledged more than £10 million in aid and support for the Philippines and is sending war ship to area
  • Team of 12 British surgeons and paramedics sent to the region to help overstretched medics
  • US released immediate $100,000 and deployed USS George Washington, carrying 5,000 sailors and 80 aircraft 

    Thousands of bodies are being piled up on the streets of the Philippines after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, as aid agencies warn the death toll will 'rise sharply'.
    Police and soldiers have the grim task of searching through the wreckage for bodies after entire villages and parts of cities were flattened.
    Makeshift mortuaries, set up in remaining intact buildings like churches, are overrun and body bags are being left outside in rows.
    Tens of millions of pounds worth of aid has been pledged by countries around the world and agencies say as many as 10million people in the developing country are in need of basic supplies such as shelter, clean water and food.
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    Clean up: Police and military personnel are removing bodies from the streets of Tacloban as they try to restore orde
    Clean up: Police and military personnel are removing bodies from the streets of Tacloban as they try to restore order
    Victims: The bodies are just a tiny fraction of the death toll from the typhoon and agencies say mass graves are being filled with hundreds of people
    Victims: The bodies are just a tiny fraction of the death toll from the typhoon and agencies say mass graves are being filled with hundreds of people
    Typhoon victims: Bodies in bags are arranged in rows by military personnel beneath a tent that reads 'I love Tacloban'
    Typhoon victims: Bodies in bags are arranged in rows by military personnel beneath a tent that reads 'I love Tacloban'

    Deadly: Members of the Philippine National Police move dozens of bags of bodies of people killed by the devastating storm in Tacloban
    Deadly: Members of the Philippine National Police move dozens of bags of bodies of people killed by the devastating storm in Tacloban
    Dreadful task: Soldiers pull bags filled with typhoon victims from the floor waters and leave them on higher ground
    Dreadful task: Soldiers pull bags filled with typhoon victims from the floor waters and leave them on higher ground

    Rescue effort: The Philippine's Special Reaction Unit join soliders in the search for the bodies of victims of Typhoon Haiyan
    Rescue effort: The Philippine's Special Reaction Unit join soliders in the search for the bodies of victims of Typhoon Haiyan
    Scavenging: A young boy pushing a trolley in search of water passes a coffin containing a victim of Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban Scavenging: A young boy pushing a trolley in search of water passes a coffin containing a victim of Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban
    Search: Rescuers from the Philippine Coast Guard ride on a life raft during a search and rescue operation in Tacloban
    Search: Rescuers from the Philippine Coast Guard ride on a life raft during a search and rescue operation in Tacloban 

    'Many are separated from their families amid the devastation, and all are in desperate need of food, water and shelter.'
    In the worst-hit areas, 235mph winds created 20ft waves that are thought to have killed between 10,000 and 15,000 and left 500,000 homeless after their houses were reduced to splinters.
    Super-typhoon Haiyan struck with such force on Friday that entire villages were flattened, ships were swept inland and corpses were left hanging from trees.
    Desperate survivors of the devastating Philippines typhoon told how they had to steal from the dead to eat.
    Lynette Lim, of Save the Children, said: 'We are witnessing the complete devastation of a city. In Tacloban everything is flattened. Bodies litter the street, many, many of which are children. From what I saw, two out of every five bodies was that of a child.
    'Children are particularly vulnerable in disasters. We fear for how many children have been washed away in floods, crushed under falling buildings and injured by flying debris.
    Please help us: Thousands of children and families are still in desperate need of the basics of shelter, food and clean water
    Please help us: Thousands of children and families are still in desperate need of the basics of shelter, food and clean water
    Please help us: Thousands of children and families are still in desperate need of the basics of shelter, food and clean water 

    Charities are extremely concerned for the children in the typhoon-country, as they are particularly vulnerable
    Dire need: Young girls cross a flooded school yard acting now as a makeshift shelter for dozens of families after the massive destruction left by Typhoon Haiyan
    A woman and child get on board an air force rescue plane bound for Cebu Island at an airport in Tacloban City. Charities are extremely concerned for the children in the typhoon-country, as they are particularly vulnerable
    A father carries the lifeless body of his daughter on the way to the morgue after super typhoon Haiyan hit Tacloban City in Leyte province
    A father carries the lifeless body of his daughter on the way to the morgue after super typhoon Haiyan hit Tacloban City in Leyte province


    Children wait for medical airlift in the devastated town of Guiuan, eastern Samar province
    Children wait for medical airlift in the devastated town of Guiuan, eastern Samar province. Youngsters have been washed away in floods, crushed under falling buildings and injured by flying debris
    The Disasters Emergency Committee, made up of 14 UK charities, has made an emergency appeal for funds as fears continue that the death toll from the typhoon will rise and it is estimated that more than 10 million people will be left in need of aid.
    The UK is deploying a Royal Navy warship and donating £10 million of humanitarian assistance in aid for the victims, Prime Minister David Cameron said.
    Britain will also deploy RAF military transport aircraft to aid recovery efforts, earmarking at least one C-17 cargo plane to move humanitarian aid and large equipment.
    David Cameron said: 'We've all seen the appalling devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan, with heart-breaking scenes played across our TV screens," Mr Cameron said.
    'Today's Disasters Emergency Committee appeal launch is a vital step to ensure aid agencies can provide essential relief to those most affected by this unprecedented disaster.'
    He added: 'I am proud that the British public have always shown an unfailing generosity for helping those in need and I know their response to this appeal will be no different.'
    The Prime Minister is also sending a team of 12 British surgeon and paramedics.

    Survivors cover their noses from the stench of bodies left on streets of typhoon-ravaged Tacloban city. Families all are in desperate need of food, water and shelter
    Survivors cover their noses from the stench of bodies left on streets of typhoon-ravaged Tacloban city. Families all are in desperate need of food, water and shelter

    Safe delivery:
    Safe delivery: Cheers broke out this morning when 21-year old Emily Ortega gave birth to a baby girl in the city of Tacloban. The expectant mother had to swim through floods


    Distressed: A distraught mother cuddles her sick baby aboard a military helicopter
    Distressed: A distraught mother cuddles her sick baby aboard a military helicopter 
    Vulnerable: A child waits with fellow survivors at the airport.
    Desperate: A baby cries as she is held by her mothe
    Vulnerable: A child waits with fellow survivors at the airport. Aid agencies say they are particularly concerned about the elderly, disabled and children

    International Development Secretary Justine Greening said: 'The scenes of utter devastation in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan are shocking in their scale and we know that the survivors, especially vulnerable children and women, now face a grim and uncertain future.
    'Britain is determined to stand by the Philippines and we have now pledged a total of £10 million to get 800,000 people the food, water and shelter they urgently need.
    'On top of this, we are deploying the destroyer HMS Daring and at least one RAF C-17 to the disaster zone to give powerful help to the relief operation and get aid to the areas that are hardest to reach and where the need is greatest.'
    Help: The British Royal Navy warship HMS Daring docked is being sent to the Philippines with a RAF C-17 plane to aid in relief efforts
    Help: The British Royal Navy warship HMS Daring docked is being sent to the Philippines with a RAF C-17 plane to aid in relief efforts
    On route: The USS Antietam from the George Washington Battle Group has set sail from Hong Kong for the Philippines to help in the relief effort
    On route: The USS Antietam from the George Washington Battle Group has set sail from Hong Kong for the Philippines to help in the relief effort
    After
    Cargo ships washed ashore four days after super typhoon Haiyan hit Anibong town. Dazed survivors begged for help and scavenged for food, water and medicine today

    The port and shanty housing in Tacloban city before Friday's catastrophic events. In the worst-hit areas, 235mph winds created 20ft waves that are thought to have killed between 10,000 and 20,000 and left 500,000 homeless
    BEFORE: The port and shanty housing in Tacloban city before Friday's catastrophic events. In the worst-hit areas, 235mph winds created 20ft waves that are thought to have killed between 10,000 and 20,000 and left 500,000 homeless

    In need: Typhoon survivors take shelter from the rain as they queue up in the hopes of boarding an evacuation flight in Tacloban
    In need: Typhoon survivors take shelter from the rain as they queue up in the hopes of boarding an evacuation flight in Tacloban

    Battle for survival: Survivors are desperately trying to find shelter and enough food and clean water in the devastated city of Tacloban
    Battle for survival: Survivors are desperately trying to find shelter and enough food and clean water in the devastated city of Tacloban
    Wanting out: Thousands of typhoon survivors swarmed the airport on Tuesday seeking a flight out, but only a few hundred made it
    Wanting out: Thousands of typhoon survivors swarmed the airport on Tuesday seeking a flight out, but only a few hundred made it

    Poignant: A young child dressed in a Christmas hat walks through the wreckage caused by the super typhoon
    Poignant: A young child dressed in a Christmas hat walks through the wreckage caused by the super typhoon

    Meanwhile, Australia announced assistance of 10 million Australian dollars (£5.8 million) and the US government is organising emergency shipments of critically needed material and issuing an immediate 100,000 US dollars (£62,000) for relief efforts.
    The United Nations today began an appeal for about £200million in aid to help people hit by the huge typhoon.
    'We've just launched an action plan focusing on the areas of food, health, sanitation, shelter, debris removal and also protection of the most vulnerable with the government and I very much hope our donors will be generous,' humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told reporters in Manila
    Japan said it will fly a relief team over to the ravaged country and Taiwan is sending 200,000 US dollars (£125,000) in aid.
    DEC chief Salah Saeed told BBC Breakfast: 'There is a staggering number of people who need our help at the moment.
    'The priority at the moment is reaching those in remote areas. We are obviously seeing pictures of people who have already been reached and those images that are before us are really staggering.
    Hungry: Typhoon victims queue for free rice at a businessman's warehouse in Tacloban, as aid agencies warned about food shortages in the city
    Hungry: Typhoon victims queue for free rice at a businessman's warehouse in Tacloban, as aid agencies warned about food shortages in the city

    Makeshift: The dire shortage of shelter in Leyte province has left survivors forced to use the wreckage of houses
    Makeshift: The dire shortage of shelter in Leyte province has left survivors forced to use the wreckage of houses
    Makeshift: The dire shortage of shelter in Leyte province has left survivors forced to use the wreckage of houses 

    In shock: Thousands of children have died in the disaster and aid agencies are warning they are particularly vulnerable
    In shock: Thousands of children have died in the disaster and aid agencies are warning they are particularly vulnerable
    In shock: Thousands of children have died in the disaster and aid agencies are warning they are particularly vulnerable
    Alone: A young boy uses the remains of some parts of a house to shield him from the rain in Tacloban city
    Alone: A young boy uses the remains of some parts of a house to shield him from the rain in Tacloban city

    'But we also have to think of those in remote islands, in remote villages, where we are unable to see what their conditions are.
    'The priority, of course, is to reach those. The second is to make sure that we get food, water and shelter to them.
    'It is a huge task but it is possible and we need help as soon as possible. We are urging people to log on to our website and help in any way that they can.'
    The USS George Washington, which carries 5,000 sailors and more than 80 aircraft, has also been deployed by America to help distribute aid and evacuate injured survivors.
    Handicap International said it was sending a team of emergency specialists to support the organisation's staff already working in the country. These specialists will help the most vulnerable individuals, such as people with disabilities, older people and children.
    'The devastation is worse than in Bandah Aceh, Indonesia, following the 2004 tsunami,' Edith van Wijngaarden, the charity's programme director in the Philippines, said.
    Supplies: Members of the Japanese Disaster Relief Team carry goods as they arrive to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan
    Supplies: Members of the Japanese Disaster Relief Team carry goods as they arrive to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Militaries and iinternational groups are rushing assistance to the region, but little has arrived

    Destroyed: Cars, vans, trees and houses have all been wrecked by the typhoon - one of the strongest storms ever recorded
    Destroyed: Cars, vans, trees and houses have all been wrecked by the typhoon - one of the strongest storms ever recorded

    'I'm particularly worried about the most vulnerable individuals. When nothing is left standing and the local infrastructure has been destroyed, people with disabilities, older people and children are particularly vulnerable.'
    Tim Harding, from Sunderland, said he was one of many foreigners who were volunteering at a Manila Red Cross centre.
    Mr Harding said he had planned to have a holiday with his wife, who is originally from the Philippines, but it had instead become a volunteer mission.
    'It's good to see everyone getting on, doing a job where race, nationality, income level, nothing matters at all,' he said.
    'There's only one priority here and that's to get together, get stuck in and do the greater good.'
    Mr Harding said he would help wherever he could for the next few weeks, a mindset shared by other foreigners hailing from not only the UK, but elsewhere in Europe and the world.
    'There's a lot of panic going on here. Although we just got some good news a few minutes ago that a three-year-old child had actually been rescued in the debris at a place in Tacloban city. There was a big cheer that went up.'

    Repairs: In Tacloban, a survivor reconstructs his destroyed house amid scenes of utter devastation
    Repairs: In Tacloban, a survivor reconstructs his destroyed house amid scenes of utter devastation
    Even as families began to grieve for their dead, they faced a grim battle to find shelter and forage for food and clean water.
    Dazed survivors walked the streets ‘like zombies looking for food’ while looters ransacked shops and mobs attacked aid trucks loaded with food, tents and water.
    Reports of lawless gangs targeting ATMs and electrical shops forced President Benigno Aquino to deploy police and army troops to the area to restore calm.
    He sent 'a column of armoured vehicles' to Tacloban to show the 'government's resolve and to stop this looting.'
    Many areas were left without clean water, electricity or food and relief workers said some regions were cut off for days after the storm hit.
    The death toll may soar once the true extent of the damage is known.
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he told Philippine Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario that the United States is fully committed to helping the Philippines recover from one of the most powerful typhoons on record.


    An aerial shot from a Philippine Air Force helicopter shows the devastation on Monday of the first landfall by typhoon Haiyan in Guiuan, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines
    An aerial shot from a Philippines Air Force helicopter shows the devastation left by typhoon Haiyan in Guiuan, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines

    A ship after it was swept inland at Tacloban city. This photograph was taken by the Philippine Air Force
    Blown inland: A ship lies among the ruins of a built-up area of Tacloban after the vessel was swept inland. This photograph was taken by the Philippines Air Force
    Reports from one town showed apocalyptic scenes of destruction in another region that has not been reached by rescue workers or the armed forces.
    'The situation is bad, the devastation has been significant. In some cases the devastation has been total,' Secretary to the Cabinet Rene Almendras told a news conference.
    The United Nations said officials in Tacloban, which bore the brunt of the storm on Friday, had reported one mass grave of 300-500 bodies.
    More than 600,000 people were displaced by the storm across the country and some have no access to food, water, or medicine, the UN says.
    Flattened by surging waves and monster winds up to 235 mph (378 kph), Tacloban was relying almost entirely for supplies and evacuation on just three military transport planes flying from nearby Cebu city.
    Haiyan is estimated to have destroyed about 70 to 80 percent of structures in its path as it tore into the coastal provinces of Leyte and Samar. The damage to the coconut- and rice-growing region was expected to amount to more than 3 billion pesos ($69 million), Citi Research said in a report, with 'massive losses' for private property.
    Most of the damage and deaths were caused by huge waves that inundated towns and swept away coastal villages in scenes that officials likened to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
    A battered town in Samar province in central Philippines. Dazed survivors begged for help and scavenged for food, water and medicine on Monday, threatening to overwhelm military and rescue resources
    A battered town in Samar province in central Philippines. Dazed survivors  begged for help and scavenged for food, water and medicine on Monday, threatening to overwhelm military and rescue resources
    Ships that washed ashore into a coastal community after Typhoon Haiyan hit the province of Leyte in central Philippines
    Ships that washed ashore into a coastal community after Typhoon Haiyan hit the province of Leyte in central Philippines




    City of the dead: Dazed survivors survey the damaged houses in Tacloban city, Leyte province. At least 10,000 people are believed to have died there
    City of the dead: Dazed survivors survey the damaged houses in Tacloban city, Leyte province. At least 10,000 people are believed to have died there

    This image taken by astronaut Karen L. Nyberg and released by NASA shows Super Typhoon Haiyan from the International Space Station yesterday
    This image taken by astronaut Karen L. Nyberg and released by NASA shows Super Typhoon Haiyan from the International Space Station yesterday

    International aid agencies said relief resources in the Philippines were stretched thin after a 7.2 magnitude quake in central Bohol province last month and displacement caused by a conflict with Muslim rebels in southern Zamboanga province.
    Teacher Andrew Pomeda, 36, added: ‘Tacloban is totally destroyed. Some people are losing their minds from hunger or losing their families. People are becoming violent.'
    Despite mass burials, the dead remain piled by roads and trapped under wreckage. Families clawing at the ruins to find survivors or food were overpowered by the reek of the rotting bodies.
    Village councillor and father-of-four Edward Gualberto said he stepped on corpses as he took food from the remains of their homes.

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