Typhoon Haiyan kills at least 100, flattens Philippine city

Typhoon Haiyan kills at least 100, flattens Philippine city

MANILA - Typhoon Haiyan, possibly the strongest storm ever to hit land, has devastated the central Philippine city of Tacloban, killing at least 100 people and destroying most houses in a surge of flood water and high winds, officials said on Saturday.

Update 3.31pm: 

TACLOBAN, Philippines - One of the strongest typhoons on record killed more than 100 people as savage winds and giant waves flattened communities across the Philippines, authorities said Saturday while corpses lay amid the devastation.

Super Typhoon Haiyan tore into the eastern islands of Leyte and Samar on Friday with sustained winds of around 315 kilometres (195 miles) an hour, then tormented millions of people as it ripped across the Southeast Asian archipelago.

More than four million people were affected across 36 provinces, the government said.

Many of the worst-hit areas remained cut off from communications on Saturday, with power and telephone networks destroyed, but initial accounts from some areas reached by the military and the media painted a deeply ominous picture.

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