CCTV correspondent Barnaby Lo survived the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, which has left an estimated 10,000 dead in Tacloban city alone, and returned from the Philippines’ Leyte Island, 70-80 percent of which was gutted, with some incredibly frightening footage of the storm’s utter destruction.
Lo describes being transferred to at least three different rooms while the furious wind blew roofs off of buildings around him in Leyte Island, after the typhoon chased his crew out of filming in Tacloban city.
“Just as we finished recording an on-camera segment, Haiyan released its fury. Its winds started blowing off roofs, debris was flying in all directions and then water from the ocean started swelling, rising several feet high in just a few minutes”.
Typhoon Haiyan, considered one of the most powerful storms on record to make landfall, powered through six central Philippine islands on Friday. A report from the Philippines’ Disaster Risk Reduction at 6:00 am this morning reported 255 people dead and 615,774 people displaced, however, officials say that the numbers will begin rising drastically, according to BBC.
Four million people have been affected in the Philippines, and many are now struggling to survive without food, shelter or clean drinking water.
A huge international relief effort is underway, but rescue workers have struggled to reach some towns and villages cut off since the storm.
“There’s an awful lot of casualties, a lot of people dead all over the place, a lot of destruction,” Richard Gordon, head of the Philippine Red Cross, told the BBC.
“It’s absolute bedlam right now, but hopefully it will turn out better as more and more supplies get into the area.”