Around 10,000 people may have died in just one area of the Philippines hit by Typhoon Haiyan, according to officials.
The Philippine government has so far only confirmed the death of several hundred people after the storm struck.But regional police chief Elmer Soria said he was told by the provincial governor of Leyte that there were about 10,000 deaths on the eastern island alone.
Hundreds of thousands of people are reported displaced from their homes.
BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports that the scene in the city of Tacloban on Leyte island is one of utter devastation. Houses in Leyte’s capital have been flattened by the massive storm surge that accompanied Typhoon Haiyan.
There is no clean water, no electricity and very little food.City officials said they were struggling to distribute aid and that looting was widespread.
According to foreign media hundreds of people are at the airport, itself badly damaged, trying to get on a flight out of Tacloban.