NOVEMBER 11, 2013
Some of the first photos of the 'absolute bedlam' unleashed by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Warning: some images are graphic.
After first making landfall in the Philippines on Nov. 8, bringing almost 16 inches of rain and winds at up to 147 mph, Typhoon Haiyan has left a wake of destruction and death. Local officials estimate that up to 10,000 people have been killed by Typhoon Haiyan and almost 630,000 have been displaced by damage and flooding. The storm left the eastern town of Giuan totally destroyed and another Philippine city, Baco, 80 percent underwater. From a public health perspective, the crisis has just begun: In Tacloban, a city "largely flattened" by the storm, an insufficient supply of clean water has raised concerns about the spread of dysentery, and aid workers are concerned about the many potential health risks for survivors.
International relief efforts are growing in response to the broad destruction: Australia has contributed 9.4 million dollars in assistance, and the United Kingdom has contributed a 9.6 million dollar non-food aid package, while the United States has deployed some 80 Marines, along with search-and-rescue helicopters and surveillance planes. But with 9.5 million affected, relief aid has a lot of catching up to do with the near-unprecedented damage wrought by the typhoon, the scope of which is sure to leave the country reeling for months.