Super Typhoon Haiyan, Philipines: 10,000 may have died, says International Committee of Red Cross

Tacloban, Philipines - Three days after Super Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines, the country is just beginning to understand the scope of the devastation left behind.

Aid is beginning to arrive in areas hardest-hit by the historic storm, and the grim task of counting the dead has begun.

Here are the latest developments in the wake of the storm:

THE HUMAN TOLL

--The Philippine Red Cross estimates that at least 1,200 people were killed by the storm -- known locally as Yolanda -- but that number could change as officials make their way to remote areas made nearly inaccessible by Haiyan.

--Others put the toll much higher: The International Committee of the Red Cross said it's realistic to estimate that 10,000 people may have died nationally.

--An estimated 9.5 million people have been affected by the typhoon, including roughly 620,000 displaced from their homes, according to the United Nations.

--As the full impact of the storm is assessed, children are expected to be among the most affected, according to UNICEF, which put the number of children living in the typhoon's path at 1.7 million.

A TRAIL OF DEVASTATION

--The destruction across the islands was catastrophic and widespread. For a time, storm clouds covered the entire Philippines, stretching 1,120 miles -- the distance between Florida and Canada -- and tropical storm-force winds covered an area the size of Germany.

--Houses and buildings were leveled by the storm's powerful winds. Trees were snapped. Neighborhoods inundated with floodwater. One CNN reporter, upon seeing the hard-hit city of Tacloban, said: "It is like a tsunami has hit here."

--Tacloban, part of the Philippines' eastern islands, was among the first heavily populated areas to feel the force of the storm as it pummeled the country Friday. Those along the coast, many of them in rough-built shacks, may have been worst affected by the high storm surge that spread through the city at the height of the typhoon.

AID DESPERATELY NEEDED

--Desperately needed aid was making its way into Tacloban on Monday by way of C-130 planes carrying food, water and supplies.

--Meanwhile, hundreds of people streamed into the city's airport, hoping to take a flight away from the devastated area. "It is fast becoming a large-scale humanitarian airlift," CNN's Paula Hancocks reported. "People simply can't deal with being here."

--Magina Fernandez, a resident of Tacloban, pleaded Sunday for "international help to come here now. This is really, really like bad, bad, worse than hell, worse than hell."

--The UN's World Food Programme is setting up logistical pipelines to transport food and other relief items. WFP spokeswoman Bettina Luescher said the U.N. group was gearing up its global resources to send enough food to feed 120,000 people.

--The U.S. Agency for International Development, known as USAID, announced Saturday it is making available immediately $100,000 to go toward health care, clean water and sanitation in areas hit hard by the devastating storm.

--The U.S. military announced that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed troops to support humanitarian missions to the country. That includes deploying aircraft for search-and-rescue missions, bringing in aid and providing logistical support. The U.S. force will be led by Marines out of Okinawa, Japan.

--"The United States is already providing significant humanitarian assistance, and we stand ready to further assist the government's relief and recovery efforts," U.S. President Barack Obama said Sunday as he expressed support for those affected by the storm.

--Sandra Bulling, international communications officer for the aid agency CARE, estimates that her organization will be participating in recovery efforts for the next year. "Fishermen have lost their boats. Crops are devastated. This is really the basic income of many people."

HAIYAN BY THE NUMBERS

--Super Typhoon Haiyan -- one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever observed -- first made landfall before dawn Friday on the Philippines' eastern island of Samar.

--At the time of landfall, sustained winds were clocked at 195 mph winds with 235 mph gusts -- the equivalent of a strong Category 5 hurricane.

--The storm continued churning across Asia early Monday, making landfall in Vietnam's Quang Ninh Province -- weakened but still powerful. The storm was packing winds of 75 mph with higher gusts.

--So what's the difference between a typhoon and a hurricane? Depends on where you live. Tropical cyclones with sustained surface winds of 74 mph or more are known as typhoons when they form west of the international date line. East of the line, they're known as hurricanes.

HOW TO HELP

--If you're looking for someone missing in the Philippines, or if you have information about someone there, Google.org has launched the Typhoon Yolanda Person Finder.

--A Google crisis map has also been added to detail evacuation centers and areas designated for relief.

--Charities and nongovernmental organizations

from around the world are responding to the disaster.

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