MANILA | TGA Newsroom.– One of the strongest storms on record slammed into the central Philippines, killing more than 10.000 people whose bodies lay in the streets of one of the hardest-hit cities, an official said Saturday.
The deputy director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Capt. John Andrews, said hundred others were injured in the city of Tacloban on Leyte Island, where Typhoon Haiyan hit Friday.
With power and most communications knocked out a day after the typhoon ravaged the central region, Andrew said that the information about the deaths was relayed to him by his staff in Tacloban.
“The information is reliable,” he said.
Thousands of Philippine soldiers raced Saturday to reach isolated communities and nearly 750,000 people were forced to flee their homes. Damage from the storm — one of the strongest typhoons on record — was believed to be extensive.