The strongest typhoon in the world this year – and possible the most powerful ever to hit land – has smashed through the Philippines.
Three people have been confirmed dead as Haiyan, a category 5 super typhoon, brought winds of more than 300 kilometres per hour and waves of up to six metres.
The storm cut power lines, blew down trees and destroyed houses. Millions were forced to flee their homes for safer ground.
Filippino Prime Minister Benigno Aquino III, said the country would survive whatever was thrown at it: “As always, no storm can bring a united Filipino people to its knees. It is my hope that we all stay safe in the coming days.”
Authorities warned more than 12 million people are at risk, many in areas still reeling from last month’s earthquake.
The storm’s path includes the resort island of Boracay and other holiday destinations.