At least 100 people were reported killed and 100 others injured in central Philippine city of Tacloban in the aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said on November 9.
CAAP Director General William Hotchkiss, quoting reports from the agency’s personnel on the ground, said that the presumed dead bodies were lying on the streets near the Tacloban city airport with around 100 more injured.
He said the reports were gathered when the team composed of local CAAP members, Aviation Security group and airport personnel started clearing the airport runway since early morning of November 9.
There were no casualties at the airport, but communication was limited due to brownout, Hotchkiss was quoted by news agencies as saying.
Airports in Iloilo , Caticlan, Romblon, Dumaguete, Bacolod , Masbate , Legaspi and Surigao are now back to normal operations, while Tacloban and Busuanga were still closed due to severe damage brought by Haiyan, he added. Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons on record, tore into the Philippines on November 8. More than four million people were affected across the country’s 36 provinces-VNA