REPORT: Typhoon Haiyan Kills As Many as 1,200 in Philippines
Tacloban, Philippines (WGGB/CNN) – A day after the Typhoon Haiyan made land in the Philippines, reports are coming in that the casualties may reach as high as 1,200. More than 1,000 of those come from a single Province.
“We estimate 1,000 people were killed in Tacloban and 200 in Samar province,” Gwendolyn Pang, secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross told CNN Saturday morning.
The Red Cross says it will have more precise numbers on Sunday, but experts are predicting it will take days to fully assess the damage from the Typhoon, being described as the strongest to make landfall in recorded history.
Tacloban is being reported as the hardest hit area. Officials have found more than 100 bodies scattering the streets of the coastal city. Determining casualties has been made difficult as communications remain down.
Rescue crews are currently working to assess damage and assist those still in the city, the population of which exceeds 200,000.