Over 100 dead in typhoon onslaught in Philippines

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Associated Press

Posted on November 9, 2013 at 5:06 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 9 at 7:03 AM

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Parts of the central Philippines are in ruins a day after one of the most powerful typhoons on record ripped through the region.

Rescuers have counted at least 100 dead and many more injured. Seaside homes and other buildings have been wiped away by massive storm surges and high winds. Communications and roads are cut.

Capt. John Andrews, deputy director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, said he had received "reliable information" by radio from his staff that more than 100 bodies were lying in the streets of Tacloban on hardest-hit Leyte Island. Officials say the toll could rise.

Civil aviation authorities in Tacloban, about 360 miles southeast of Manila, reported that the seaside airport terminal was "ruined." U.S. Marine Col. Mike Wylie says military planes could still land with relief aid. Secretary of State John Kerry has offered U.S. help.

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