Scary news out of Southeast Asia: In the wake of the most powerful storm on record this year, at least 1,200 people are dead from Super Typhoon Haiyan in an unconfirmed estimate from the Red Cross. The storm, which is the strongest tropical cyclone to ever make landfall with sustained winds at 195 mph, ripped through the Phillipines Friday and is currently headed toward Vietnam. Thankfully the advanced warning of the storm, which is referred to as Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, may have saved thousands. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, 790,000 people evacuated their homes.
To say that the aftermath is horrifying is an understatement. There are reports that more than 100 dead bodies are in the streets, more than 100 homes have been flattened on the coastline, and the town of Palo is under 10 feet of water from a storm surge.
Words don't do the devastation justice. Watch intense footage from inside Typhoon Haiyan, here:
You can see the gusting winds and the strong waves tearing through the town. It's hard not to worry about what's in the water along with all of that floating debris, if there could be more people trapped amidst the destruction.
Our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
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