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Last updated at 13:18 GMT, Monday, 11 November 2013

Typhoon Haiyan: Destruction in the Philippines

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11 November 2013

Officials estimate up to 10,000 people have died in Tacloban city and elsewhere in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Many other people are now struggling to survive without food, shelter or clean drinking water.

Reporter:

Jon Donnison

Homes destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan

This aerial photo shows destroyed houses in Tacloban, in the Philippines

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Tacloban has been flattened. Driving down the main high street, hardly a single building is left standing. People say this town was hit by a wall of water when the typhoon struck on Friday.

There's the stench of rotting corpses. Driving in from the airport we saw scores of bodies lying by the roadside. For three days they have been there – nobody to bury them. People are desperate for food, clean water and shelter. At the badly battered airport, a makeshift hospital has been set up. We saw two young women giving birth, laid out among the debris.

Aid is getting in, but slowly and this is just one town in one province. Nobody knows the full extent of the devastation elsewhere.

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Vocabulary

flattened

completely destroyed

struck

hit

stench

very bad smell, especially of decay

scores

many / measured in sets of twenty

shelter

temporary place where someone can live

battered

hit or badly damaged

makeshift

made quickly using whatever materials are available

debris

the broken pieces of something larger that has been destroyed

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