US general: Typhoon Haiyan left total devastation

AP News
Posted: Nov 11, 2013 6:10 AM
US general: Typhoon Haiyan left total devastation

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — A U.S. Marine general said Monday he saw bodies everywhere during a helicopter flight over the region struck by powerful Typhoon Haiyan in the central Philippines three days ago.

Speaking after a two-hour flight with Filipino forces, U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy said every building and house he saw was destroyed or severely damaged.

"We saw bodies everywhere," he said. Some were floating in the water, others in a schoolyard.

He said trees were uprooted for miles around, roads were impassable and power lines were down.

"I don't know how else you can describe total devastation," Kennedy said at the airport in the badly hit Philippine city of Tacloban.

Two U.S. Marine C-130 cargo planes were parked nearby, their engines running, unloading food and water from the capital, Manila.