Supertyphoon Haiyan Leaves Over 1,200 Dead: The "Massive Destruction" In Photos And Videos

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As reported yesterday, Typhoon Haiyan - potentially the strongest storm to ever make landfall, and stronger than Katrina and Sandy combined - has come and left the Philippines (currently heading for Vietnam), and now the time has come to evaluate the damage and count the dead. Sadly, as Reuters reports, the devastation is absolutely massive and especially in the hardest hit city of Tacloban in the central Leyte province, may match the aftermath of the Fukushima tsunami: "This is destruction on a massive scale. There are cars thrown like tumbleweed and the streets are strewn with debris." Airport manager Efren Nagrama, 47, said water levels rose up to four metres (13 ft) in the airport. "It was like a tsunami. We escaped through the windows and I held on to a pole for about an hour as rain, seawater and wind swept through the airport. Some of my staff survived by clinging to trees. I prayed hard all throughout until the water subsided."

And it's not over yet: the following clip from The Weather Channel summarizes the current position and heading of the Typhoon:

But while the worst may be yet to come, for the Philippines it is bad enough as Reuters explains:

A day after Typhoon Haiyan churned through the Philippine archipelago in a straight line from east to west, rescue teams struggled to reach far-flung regions, hampered by washed out roads, many choked with debris and fallen trees.

The death toll is expected to rise sharply from the fast-moving storm, whose circumference eclipsed the whole country and which late on Saturday was heading for Vietnam.

Among the hardest hit was coastal Tacloban in central Leyte province, where preliminary estimates suggest more than 1,000 people were killed, said Gwendolyn Pang, secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross, as water surges rushed through the city.

"An estimated more than 1,000 bodies were seen floating in Tacloban as reported by our Red Cross teams," she told Reuters. "In Samar, about 200 deaths. Validation is ongoing."

She expected a more exact number to emerge after a more precise counting of bodies on the ground in those regions.

Witnesses said bodies covered in plastic were lying on the streets. Television footage shows cars piled atop each other.

The Philippines has yet to restore communications with officials in Tacloban, a city of about 220,000. A government official estimated at least 100 were killed and more than 100 wounded, but conceded the toll would likely rise sharply.

The airport was nearly destroyed as raging seawaters swept through the city, shattering the glass of the airport tower, levelling the terminal and overturning nearby vehicles.

"Almost all houses were destroyed, many are totally damaged. Only a few are left standing," said Major Rey Balido, a spokesman for the national disaster agency.

Local television network ABS-CBN showed images of looting in one of the city's biggest malls, with residents carting away everything from appliances to suitcases and grocery items.

Airport manager Efren Nagrama, 47, said water levels rose up to four metres (13 ft) in the airport.

"It was like a tsunami. We escaped through the windows and I held on to a pole for about an hour as rain, seawater and wind swept through the airport. Some of my staff survived by clinging to trees. I prayed hard all throughout until the water subsided."

Across the country, about a million people took shelter in 37 provinces after President Benigno Aquino appealed to those in the typhoon's path to leave vulnerable areas.

"For casualties, we think it will be substantially more," Aquino told reporters.

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Photos of the damage via the Weather Channel:


Finally, here is video evidence of what the stronger typhoon in history looks like on the ground:

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A Lunatic's picture

Oh Krugman........

DoChenRollingBearing's picture



"It's all George Bush's fault."

- Al Gore (2007, 2008, 2009,

- Barack Obama (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)

GMadScientist's picture

It's all Corazon Aquino's shoes' fault. Or maybe the deathsquads. Take your pick.

toady's picture

Actually, that was Imelda Marcos.

Damn I'm old.

Truthseeker2's picture

The super wacky weather has been explained as 

the super abuse of nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean

over many decades!    As follows:


"HUGE Changes Coming To Planet Earth"


Skateboarder's picture

I'm totally reading that shit, it's like a cosmic conspiracy milkshake.

Skateboarder's picture

A friend of mine did salvia once and she turned into a sandwich. Anything is possible man, anything.

akak's picture

I was very unimpressed with this drug, until I realized that what I was supposed to be consuming was salvia and not saliva.

No wonder it was so cheap!  And the dealer's bags were messy as Hell too.

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

I had the same problem with bath salts, they're a ripoff. The guy who gave them to me said to be careful and take it easy at first. I waited and waited and nothing happened. I tried some more and nothing. I ended up dumping the whole tin into the tub and still nothing. The tub was really clean afterward.

akak's picture

I'm tellin' ya, all these so-called drugs are nothing but a scam!

I mean, back in the 70s, I can't even tell you how much time I wasted on grass.  But no matter HOW many lawn clippings I smoked, all I ever got out of it was a headache.  Then there was coke --- I just about choked to death after snorting half a bottle of it!  And out of deep embarrassment, I won't even relate my experiences with horse, or my disastrous encounter with Mary Jane.

F-Tipp's picture

"DERP, just look at how many conspiracy theories turn out to be consipiracy fact!!! Haven't you read ZH before?"

knukles's picture

About all of 'em.
With more just waiting for affirmation.

Doesn't anybody ever notice the pattern?
If it's called a "Conspiracy Theory" there's something to hide*.

Otherwise it's just plain dumb ass shit.

*That's part of Perceptions Management... to call it a CT is one of the "discredit" methodologies... just gettin' old, it is...

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

As usual, it is the poorest who suffer the most.

Sad. So sad.

Skateboarder's picture

RIP all musical instruments that got washed out, last remaining utilities of joy for poor people.

edit: someone hates music, I see.

Decolat's picture

Downvote from someone who thinks poor people somehow make inferior music, because they're poor.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Indeed, those Unplugged albums were great, an in your face, mock tribute to poor musicians, the great unwashed unsigned, and even more not so great unsigned, whose unwashed unpluggedness is not a whimsical marketing gimmick, but a fact of their lives. Much as it is for the strummers and pluckers in the Philippines, at least for several weeks.

GMadScientist's picture

Fuck "To Be Dumb or To Be Dumber"; they can still sing and still have rhythm.

mkkby's picture

Very astute comment by Cog Dis.  Rich people don't live in cardboad shacks.  I'm putting that one on the fridge.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Way more than that will be born in India tomorrow.
Under-population is not exactly their biggest problem, nor the world's.

knukles's picture

Krugman Cheers the Broken Cities
Gates Cheers the Mass Death

Nature doin' what man don't...yet

TeamDepends's picture

Prayers and condolences to our Philippine brothers and sisters.

edotabin's picture


Living in an area that is prone to hurricanes, I have been saddened by this once it appeared its track would take it over land. It is a chilling feeling to know that a monster is about to come ashore and when it does, it is devastating. The top winds were 159 MPH in my case. I can't even imagine what gusts of up to 230-240 must be like.


czarangelus's picture

The Caribbean gets hit by Cat-4s and Cat-5s on a regular basis. I'm surprised the PI aren't as prepared as the Caribbean islands are for this kind of storm.

starfcker's picture

Hey czar, carribean gets hit and gets just as devastated. you can prepare all you want, when windspeeds get over 140 miles an hour, preparations become a lot less than guarantees that something remains standing. a big hurricane is like being in a blender, so much stuff is flying around and all the while wind and water relentlessly tear everything apart. miami had the best building codes in the world in 1992 and andrew leveled most of south dade county. the national hurricane center was specifically built no expense spared to withstand cat 5 hurricanes, and they lost all of their instrumentation. the strongest they could imagine wasn't strong enough. iv'e said before, if you haven't been through one it's tough to imagine

edotabin's picture

Largely true.  However, to continue to use wood to build roofs in hurricane prone areas is MORONIC at best. They simply have to use better materials and roof styles that offer greater resistance to wind damage.

Harrison's picture

Bullshit. Taiwan gets hit by typhoons at the same level of intensity as the ones hitting the Philippines all the time. We don't get wiped out like they do, because (even though the construction companies here totally suck) most places are built to some halfway decent standard that miraculously survives being slammed by typhoons repeatedly year after year.

Last typhoon we got hit with, it was terrible, I had to turn my air conditioner on to dry up the puddle that infiltrated under my balcony door. Took almost two hours of dehumidifying the place. Man, that was almost fifteen cents (USD) of electricity I had to use to recover from the typhoon. Life sucks, you know?

It's not rocket science.

Urban Redneck's picture


Both your meteorology and engineering are lacking.
When Usagi Hit last year it was pushing sustained winds of 125 mph, and Herb (the strongest to hit Taiwan) was only pushing sustained winds of 145mph in 1996. This bitch was pushing 195 sustained, which is a whole different league for a much poorer country to engineer against.

If you have A/C you have a "sealed" structure, whereas naturally ventilated structures are more susceptible to wind damage failure. (see picture 7 and the detail in picture 6 of what happens when you introduce venting into a CMU/cinderblock wall) In addition, as wind damage destroys weaker structures it creates wind driven debris, compounding the destruction.

To actually engineer against wind driven debris at 200mph is cost prohibitive and no one does it outside of purpose built structures- ZERO WINDOWS, REDUNDANT REINFORCED CONCRETE WALLS, 14ga (or stronger) REDUNDANT REINFORCED DOORS and MULTIPOINT LOCKS.

starfcker's picture

harrison. glad you were so lucky. but it's only the cat 4 and 5's that chew up buildings. go through one of those and you'll think quite differently. there just isn't any escape, and the speed that things start going bad is incredible. nothing to mock. the body count is going to be horrible, and because of all the islands, relief might be very slow to come.

GovernmentMule's picture

Time to stand up and help these poor people any way that you see fit or can...

insanelysane's picture

I hate to be a killjoy but be careful with how you help.  My wife went to Haiti 2 years after the earthquake in order to provide medical instruction to the locals, the roads were still nearly impassible and the supply of water and electricity was still hit or miss.  Millions of dollars were donated and none of it made it to the people or the infrastructure although the people were living in huts made out of tarps that said US Aid.  Another fine management job by the politicians overseeing that crap.  UN is useless.

TBT or not TBT's picture

The UN is generally LESS than useless, and slow. On the other hand the US Pacific Fleet has lots of mobile equipment and trained healthy people. Desalination. Earthmoving gear. Vehicles. Tents Generators. Fuck yeah. Transport helicopters. Fuck yeah. Food. The US fleet were there helping poor brown Muslim Indonesians immediately after the tsunami, rescuing and helping when it mattered most. It is a humanitarian armada, just like captain pike said it was.

machineh's picture

Nice try, but the US fleet also supported the false-premises U.S. invasion of Iraq that killed tens of thousands.

At 5% of GDP for 'defense,' the humanitarian agenda on the side amounts to pocket change.


TBT or not TBT's picture

I think you underestimate wildly the carnage the US military was able to inflict in Iraq doing its actual fucking job. The humanitarian and peacekeeping armada stuff they also do better than anyone else is just showboating, really. Charter them to break things and kill people. Stand back in awe. And shock.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

+ 1



It was the US Navy that helped the most in the aftermath of Indonesia's 2004 earthquake.  Much more than the UN, China, or even Indonesia itself, Indonesia actually obstructed our Navy from helping...

Urban Redneck's picture

Then, we had the self-declared "decider in chief"

Now, we have to await to President Jarrett to order aid instructions downloaded to the magic negro's teleprompter

And any order would have to be carried about by the navy's premier cocksuckers and least competent executives.

Perhaps the Philippines should look somewhere else than their former American colonial masters for actual help.

The Chinese would be happy to trade some maritime claims for aid and reconstruction opportunities, and have plenty of UST to re-hypothecate for such financing.

Jack Burton's picture

In the Western Pacific, the US Navy has a very long record of being one of the first and best responders to natural disasters. We did it when I was in the Navy, it was done all the way back at the Great Tokyo Earthquake and the super Typhoon that devestated Hong Kong. These ships can carry a lot and have air mobile abilites. They can be on scene to resuce and get water and food ashore in record time. Ships can distill water and package it for shipment ashore. Every ship has a sick bay with good doctors and corpsmen. I hope the USN steeps in in a big way. My tax dollars are gladly spent in that manner!

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

Finally, a good use for our generally wasted trillions spent on war making apparatus.

GMadScientist's picture

They were also the only armed service to actually confront Ivan on a daily basis during the cold war.

Decolat's picture

Well, Haiti had been rendered economicaly useless even prior to the earthquake. The spirit of humanity is proven by who we help during crisis. 

TBT or not TBT's picture

Nothing to do with collectivism or corruption then? Exercise: Compare and contrast Alabama, which was hit directly by hurricane Katrina, with Louisiana, which really didn't get a harsh ride at all, as gulf coast hurricanes go.

rum_runner's picture

I'm sure New Orleans being below sea level had nothing to do with it.

LetThemEatRand's picture

I'd be curious what racial explanation he has for Fukushima. 

Jugdish's picture

The niggers send hurricanes from Africa because of racism.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Now see what you've attracted, LetThemEatRand? We had been working on the premise that rising water was rising water, no matter you race, or so I imagined, with all the "science" posturing on both sides.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Idiots living below sea water, voting for corrupt assholes, who were themselves smart enough to listen to engineers who had long predicted this catastrophe, but preferred to spend on vote buying, etc to benefit themselves.

mkkby's picture

It's the UN's fault they don't have roads and other infrastructure.  Blame the gov for not printing money or holding someone up, to pay for these things.  Why oh why can't they be good socialists like we are?

TBT or not TBT's picture

Uparrow generously, everyone! It's what we do that counts.