As Philippines reels in disaster, survivors seek missing family
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 01:57
Nov. 12 - Horrifying images and the victims themselves tell the story of Typhoon Haiyan -- one of the biggest storms in history. Produced by Nathan Frandino. Display (no reporter narration).
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Dr. Alicia Ilaga may have been halfway around the world from her native Philippines at the United Nations climate conference in Warsaw this week, but the pain from Typhoon Haiyan felt as close as ever.
"My country is just reeling from another category five typhoon and what we are counting are the dead," Ilaga told the press on Monday (November 11). "They are being buried, washed away by this abomination that is not our doing."
The typhoon made landfall on Friday (November 8) and wreaked havoc across the country over the weekend before moving on to Vietnam.
The storm system brought torrential rains, storm surges and sustained winds up to 195 miles per hour (324 kph) at landfall, making it the strongest storm in history, some experts say.
Initial estimates put the death toll at 10,000, but President Benigno Aquino said the number was somewhere between 2,000 and 2,500.
Aquino said the government was still gathering information from various storm-struck areas and the death toll may rise.
The official death toll stood at 1,774 on Tuesday.
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