At least 100 people have reportedly been killed by Typhoon Haiyan in one city, according to a Philippine official.

Capt John Andrews, deputy director general of the Civil Aviation Authority, said the bodies were lying in the streets of the city of Tacloban.

The storm ripped apart buildings and triggered landslides when it hit the central Philippines?on Friday, reports the BBC.

Power and communication lines were also cut to some areas.

Video from the city of Tacloban showed the city engulfed by water when the typhoon struck, the BBC’s Jon Donnison reports from Manila.

Aid agencies are struggling to reach the city, as its airport has been badly damaged and only military flights are able to operate, he adds.

The Philippine government has praised the evacuation effort which at least until now seems to have kept the number of people killed relatively low.

But it may be days before the final death toll is known, our correspondent says.

Officials had said more than 12 million people were at risk. Much of the region affected had already been struggling to recover from an earthquake last month.

The typhoon is expected to hit Vietnam over the weekend.

“We expect the level of destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan to be extensive and devastating, and sadly we fear that many lives will be lost,” said Save the Children’s Philippines director Anna Lindenfors?on Friday.

The storm made landfall on the Philippines shortly before dawn?on Friday, bringing gusts that reached 379 km/h (235 mph), with waves as high as 15m (45ft), bringing up to 400mm (15.75 inches) of rain in places.

Meteorologists had earlier warned that the storm could be as devastating as Typhoon Bopha in 2012, which ravaged parts of the southern Philippines and left at least 1,000 people dead.

Schools and offices were closed, while ferry services and local flights were suspended. Hospitals and soldiers were on stand-by for rescue and relief operations.


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