Typhoon Haiyan: Survivors' stories in the Philippines

A man paints a message reading "Help SOS We Need Food" at Anibong in Tacloban, eastern island of Leyte (11 November 2013) Image copyright AFP
Image caption Survivors who have fled their homes with nothing say they need essentials such as food and water

Typhoon Haiyan - one of the most powerful storms to make landfall ever recorded - swept through the central Philippines on Friday.

Emily Ortega, San Jose

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Media captionBaby Beatriz born into the chaos left by Typhoon Haiyan

Twenty-one-year-old Emily gave birth to her daughter Bea Joy Sagales in a makeshift centre at Tacloban's airport on Monday.

Emily had to swim and cling to a post to survive the storm surge.

She named her daughter after her own mother, Beatriz, who was swept away by the giant waves.

The doctor who attended the birth, Captain Victoriano Sambale, said he was worried about the risk of infection - but there were no antibiotics available.

Evelina, Palo, Leyte

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Media captionEvelina, from Palo on the island of Leyte, and her companions managed to survive the Typhoon by clinging to a post and a tree

Evelina told the BBC World Service how she and four companions - including a five-year-old boy - managed to survive by clinging to a post for three or four hours as the water levels rose around them.

Her cousin was pulled away, but managed to swim to a coconut tree, with her five-year-old son clinging to her.

All five survived.

Jenny Dela Cruz, Tacloban

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Media captionJenny Dela Cruz: All we can do is survive the day

Jenny lost 11 members of her family, including her two-year-old daughter.

Jenny is eight months pregnant.

"Right now, all we can do is survive the day," she said.

"But I don't know what will happen tomorrow, or the day after that, or if we can continue surviving."

Faith Pelies, Tacloban

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Media captionFaith Pelies: "I told [my husband], 'Just save our baby and forget me'"

Faith, who cannot swim, says she told her husband to save their baby and forget about her.

Both she and the child survived.

She says she and other survivors need basics, such as water - without water, they are unable to cook rice.

Another survivor, Jeanette Bacsal, also said she could not swim and was saved by her father.

She said she was "blessed" to still be alive.

Erika Mae Karakot, Leyte city

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Erika said people were suffering from diarrhoea and dehydration, and medicines were needed.

"Please tell my family I'm alive," she said.

Awelina Hadloc, Tacloban

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Grocery store owner Awelina said the situations was very difficult as there was no food in the warehouse or the malls.

"We are helpless - like a newborn," she said.

Luke Spence, Cebu province

Luke Spence, visiting the Philippines from Ripon in North Yorkshire, told the BBC how he hid in a diving shop as the typhoon struck on Friday morning.

He saw sheet metal, wood and glass debris in the air.

He described the destruction as "absolute" in the local area, and said it was a "miracle" that more people on the island had not been killed.

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Media captionLuke Spence from North Yorkshire, UK, hid from the typhoon in a diving shop

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