- Typhoon Haiyan was a maximum category-five storm with gusts of up to 235mph
- Authorities say in the city of Tacloban, Leyte, alone, 10,000 could be dead and ‘two out of five bodies’ are children
- Tens of millions of pounds worth of aid has been pledged by countries around the world
- Aid agencies say as many as 10million people could be in need of shelter, clean water and food
- Mortuaries set up in remaining buildings like churches are overrun with bodies
- Britain has pledged more than £10 million in aid and support for the Philippines and is sending war ship to area
- Team of 12 British surgeons and paramedics sent to the region to help overstretched medics
- US released immediate $100,000 and deployed USS George Washington, carrying 5,000 sailors and 80 aircraft
By Becky Evans
UPDATED:12 November 2013
Thousands of bodies are being piled up on the streets of the Philippines after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, as aid agencies warn the death toll will ‘rise sharply’.
Police and soldiers have the grim task of searching through the wreckage for bodies after entire villages and parts of cities were flattened.
Makeshift mortuaries, set up in remaining intact buildings like churches, are overrun and body bags are being left outside in rows.
Tens of millions of pounds worth of aid has been pledged by countries around the world and agencies say as many as 10million people in the developing country are in need of basic supplies such as shelter, clean water and food.
Clean up: Police and military personnel are removing bodies from the streets of Tacloban as they try to restore order
Victims: The bodies are just a tiny fraction of the death toll from the typhoon and agencies say mass graves are being filled with hundreds of people
Typhoon victims: Bodies in bags are arranged in rows by military personnel beneath a tent that reads ‘I love Tacloban’
Deadly: Members of the Philippine National Police move dozens of bags of bodies of people killed by the devastating storm in Tacloban
Dreadful task: Soldiers pull bags filled with typhoon victims from the floor waters and leave them on higher ground
Rescue effort: The Philippine’s Special Reaction Unit join soliders in the search for the bodies of victims of Typhoon Haiyan
Scavenging: A young boy pushing a trolley in search of water passes a coffin containing a victim of Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban
Search: Rescuers from the Philippine Coast Guard ride on a life raft during a search and rescue operation in Tacloban
Lynette Lim, of Save the Children, said: ‘We are witnessing the complete devastation of a city. In Tacloban everything is flattened. Bodies litter the street, many, many of which are children. From what I saw, two out of every five bodies was that of a child.
‘Children are particularly vulnerable in disasters. We fear for how many children have been washed away in floods, crushed under falling buildings and injured by flying debris.
‘Many are separated from their families amid the devastation, and all are in desperate need of food, water and shelter.’
In the worst-hit areas, 235mph winds created 20ft waves that are thought to have killed between 10,000 and 15,000 and left 500,000 homeless after their houses were reduced to splinters.
Super-typhoon Haiyan struck with such force on Friday that entire villages were flattened, ships were swept inland and corpses were left hanging from trees.
Please help us: Thousands of children and families are still in desperate need of the basics of shelter, food and clean water
A woman and child get on board an air force rescue plane bound for Cebu Island at an airport in Tacloban City. Charities are extremely concerned for the children in the typhoon-country, as they are particularly vulnerable
A father carries the lifeless body of his daughter on the way to the morgue after super typhoon Haiyan hit Tacloban City in Leyte province
Children wait for medical airlift in the devastated town of Guiuan, eastern Samar province. Youngsters have been washed away in floods, crushed under falling buildings and injured by flying debris
Desperate survivors of the devastating Philippines typhoon told how they had to steal from the dead to eat.
The Disasters Emergency Committee, made up of 14 UK charities, has made an emergency appeal for funds as fears continue that the death toll from the typhoon will rise and it is estimated that more than 10 million people will be left in need of aid.
The UK is deploying a Royal Navy warship and donating £10 million of humanitarian assistance in aid for the victims, Prime Minister David Cameron said.
Britain will also deploy RAF military transport aircraft to aid recovery efforts, earmarking at least one C-17 cargo plane to move humanitarian aid and large equipment.