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At least 100 dead as typhoon Haiyan leaves trail of destruction in Philippines

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At least 100 dead as typhoon Haiyan leaves trail of destruction in Philippines

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Typhoon Haiyan has killed at least 100 people in the Philippines with the final number of casualties feared to be much higher.

The category five storm left a trail of destruction, flattening houses, triggering landslides and floods and bringing down power lines. In the central Philippines, it sent waves as high as 5 metres ashore, leaving streets knee-deep in water.

In Cebu, the nation’s second largest city, thousands of people were left homeless. One local resident said:“I never thought the winds would be that strong that it could destroy my house. I do not know what I should do now.”

Around a million people are in shelters scattered around 20 provinces.

Forecasters said the storm was expected to pick up renewed strength over the South China Sea as it heads towards Vietnam, Laos and China