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anderson cooper reports live from the philippines right now. anderson cooper reports live -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com this is cnn breaking news. >> good evening, everyone i'm anderson cooper reporting live from manila. we will have extensive coverage of the disaster here in the philippines. typhoon haiyan causing untold devastation. we do not have an accurate death toll. there were estimates that 10,000 people may have been killed in tacloban alone. that may be an overestimate but
there are no accurate figures at all. right now the immediate needs are for people in a number of pieces not just tacloban but a number of low-lying smaller villages and town all throughout the southern islands in the philippines, places the government has not been able to get to. people are desperate for food and water and medical care as well. we don't know how many people have been wounded. the hospital in tacloban has been overwhelmed in the last several days. the relief effort is coming into a focus but bad weather moving in has put a question mark over the next couple hours. what's going to take place and how much relief will be able to get in in the wake of what is believed to be another tropical storm heading toward the tacloban area. the reason we are at manila we had planned to land near tacloban. but all flights at that point
were stopped because of the bad weather and we had to return back here. we have coverage with our corresponds in tacloban. we want to give you as much information as we can about the needs of the people here and the needs are great. that cannot be overstated. what we have seen over the last three to now four days, it is now tuesday at 11:00. some of the most dramatic images we have seen in recent times. here's a look at what the storm looked like as it came ashore. >> the terror of super typhoon haiyan began with its winds. gusts reaching up to 235 miles an hour, well above the threshold of a category 5 hurricane. all many can do is simply pray. as millions braced themselves against haiyan's winds and
punishing rain. >> oh, look at that! >> it's the storm surge, however that would cut the biggest path of destruction. walls of water up to 20 feet high engulfing entire neighborhoods. the typhoon rages into the night. dawn brings a strange calm after the storm and with it, the first glimpse of the full wrath of haiyan. >> get international help to come here now! not tomorrow! now! this is really, really, like, bad, bad, worse than hell. >> worse than hell. buildings are mangled piles of wood and metal. family members pick through debris in a search for their loved ones. >> i've not spoken to anyone who hasn't lost someone, a relative or someone close to them. >> officials fear up to 10,000
people dead. the exact number difficult to determine not only because of the debris but also because the philippines is made up of thousands of hard to reach islands. many live in areas only accessible by boat or air. here the injuries are rescued by military choppers. but other islands are completely on their own. one of the hardest hit areas is here in tacloban. a massive ship shows the raw power of the typhoon. with thousands clamoring for food, water, and medical attention, authorities are forced to focus on the needs of the living before turning to those who didn't survive. >> there are still bodies on the side of the road. we cannot show you the faces of these bodies. it's just too graphic. you can still see the terror as the wave hit, on the faces of these bodies.
>> an estimated 620,000 people are homeless from the storm. the government simply overwhelmed and calling on the international community for help. the u.s. military has now taken control of the airport in tacloban and flying in badly needed supplies. >> it is almost the end of the world. our goal is i must go out of this city. >> days after what's likely the strongest storm in recorded history, its full impact just starting to be discovered. you saw paula hancock in some of that piece. she has been doing remarkable reporting in the that's three, now into the fourth day. she joins us live in tacloban. what is the situation on tuesday compared to what you have seen, say, yesterday. >> well, anderson, yesterday, i
was thinking that the relief effort was picking up pace. the u.s. marines arrived and more helicopters and planes arriving. but this morning there is very little arriving here because of the bad weather. we had torrential rain here which is just horrific for those who don't have homes. people are sleeping out in the open and many people still don't have food and water. so it is a very desperate situation. there is a bottleneck here at the airport which often does happen in these situations. you can get the supplies to the airport. but to get it out to those who need it are incredibly difficult. many of the people are saying tell the world we need food and water and tell the local authorities they must move the bodies. it's a difficult situation for them. the mayor says they are digging mass graves to try and bury those who lost their lives.
244 people are known to have died in just this area alone. there 600 more bodies they know about but have not had a chance to recover now. and on average they can recover 70 bodies a day. it is so difficult to get around. anderson? >> and people may be buried under many feet of debris because it was that storm surge which moved with it so much debris, so much wood, coregated tin. it will be hard to get to those people. how are able people able to get water and food and medical attention if they need it? >> the majority of people who need it and are not too injured to walk are coming to the airport. they are walking for hours and hours to get here. and the military is giving out
rice and giving out water. they are also trying to get to the areas in the city. it's only about ten miles away but it's very slow going and it's also the security situation, really. the people are desperate. they are very hungry. they need food. they need water and they are climbing up on the lories because they need the food and water. the police are involved. is it a desperate situation. i have not heard many helicopters because of the weather. that is adding insult to injury here. >> yeah. and when you talked to chad meyers who said in the next six or seven hours that's when most of the rain is coming through. that adds to the misery, as you said. i know you were at the hospital a while ago. it seemed overwhelmed two days ago. is it still pretty much the
same? >> well, there's a makeshift hospital we have been to here at the airport. it's basically one of the terminal buildings that was almost completely destroyed but part of the roof is still intact. they have converted that into a makeshift hospital. the first day i got here they could only deal with cuts and bruises. a lady came with a gash to the head. there is little they can do other than clean the wound and evacuate people out. it's basic but better than nothing. a lot of the private hospitals have been closed down. the government hospital is still the only one that is open. but the red cross said to me they just don't have the medication. they don't have the medicine they need. the pharmacies within town were looted, ransacked by people who were desperate to get what they needed. and the red cross on the ground don't have what they need at the
moment. >> we're going to talk to the head of the red cross in the philippines later this hour. you and your team stay safe. so many images that have really just started to emerge from the height of the storm. extraordinary pictures i want to show you. this is a man named james reynolds, a storm chaser who in conjunction with other storm chasers and cnn personnel riding out the storm in the same area had to intervene to help people who were in great danger from the storm surge that came in. take a look at what they witnessed. >> okay. >> one more. >> any more in there, josh? >> yeah. two more.
>> james, we're seeing the video that you shot of rescuing people outside your hotel along with the other storm chasers and the cnn staff who you were with. take us back to that moment when you realize i got to -- you know, put down the camera and start helping people. >> it was a really perilous situation, anderson. the storm had already been in full swing for two hours at that point. the hotel shaking from the gusts and massive pieces of debris and the water came up with such alarming speed that it caught these people off guard and they were just -- the chilling sound of a woman screaming desperately as she was smashing a window
with her hands in a situation to escape that room and get out with her family. also included their disabled daughter and elderly relatives as well. so along with the cnn crew and my colleagues, mark thomas and josh morganman got mattresses out there as a flotation aide and extricated these unfortunate people from that situation. but it was a 50/50 flip of the coin situation that could have ended in tragedy, anderson. >> i think a lot of people don't realize unless you have been in one of these things. it's not just the power of the water sweeping people away but all of the stuff in the water, the nails, debris and wood that can slice you open. it can kill you. >> yeah, absolutely, anderson. and we experienced that effect firsthand with mark who was one of the first people to try to rush to the assistance of this
family. he sustained a major leg injury. a piece of old metal rusty roofing was in the water and sliced through his shin right down to the bone. a very serious injury. we managed to escape the city quickly. if mark was still there now he would be dead. that's how the situation escalated beyond our control. and the threat of electricity. i could feel the current of electricity through my leg from power lines a few hundred feet away and that is one of the risks associated with the rising flood waters, anderson. >> you could feel it? even though it was that far away you could feel it through your legs. that's incredible. you have covered an awful lot of storms. i think you have been in more than 30 typhoons and hurricanes. how does this one compare? >> this is off the scale.
meteorologists are saying this is possibly the most powerful storm to make land fall in recorded history. there's no set procedure when you are dealing with a storm this strong. we were fortunate enough to have access to a lot of data and have knowledge about what to expect before the storm. so we took as many precautions as possible to keep ourselves safe. but even then the situation escalated out of control. as the hotel was starting to flood and we had to get in there and help people out. it was really, really severe and just uncomparable to anything i have been through before. >> even though there were evacuations, a lot of people didn't expect that storm surge and that is what clearly caused so much damage and loss of life. how were you finally able to get out? one of your colleagues was badly injured. >> there were three of us, you know, in the team i was with.
and every person, you know, it was vital that there were the more brains just trying to work out how the hell we were going to get out of there. we were going to do reconnaissance where one was going to hike to the airport. we had radios to stay in communications. it was picking up tidbits from people we would speak to. we walked to a military staging area, happened to speak to a person of influence who said there is a chopper coming with space on it. get it on and get to the airport and from there on a c-130 to sebu. a real piece of luck to escape so fast. >> i'm glad you and your team were able to get out. thank you for sharing your footage with all of us. i want to bring in richard gordon who is the president of the philippine's red cross.
i talked to him earlier today about the relief efforts going on. here's chairman of the red cross. let's listen in. in terms of the difficulties of getting aid to people in tacloban right now, what is the hardest part for you? >> the heavy lifting of goods that are needed like a lot of food, water, filtration plants, trucks. this heavy, heavy going. it's hard going. and we're almost there. but hopefully we'll make it by today. we started two nights ago. hoping we would be there. we came by land from manila. and another group is on its way there. and we can carry 25,000 food parcels to our people. >> i understand that one of your trucks with aid actually had to turn around because of security concerns. what happened? >> that's correct. they were stopped on the bridge.
the moment you stop right now people are going to mill around. any helicopter or truck that stops or lands will be surrounded by people who are in need. that's why we have to have strong measures by the authorities to ensure that the humanitarian services and goods are delivered to the area. they would be very much needed and would be really great if they could move faster. >> how concerned were you about the rain that's coming today, just adding to people's misery there? >> we're very concerned because the land may be saturated with water and you may have landslides or flash floods. not concerned about storm surges but nonetheless you make a very good point about storm surges. they have to understand what it is all about. it's not a tsunami. but we need to know that any typhoon could turn for the worse
and have landslides or floods. we are very concerned about that. i'm trying to find out whether we can still go through inspite of that typhoon. >> and richard, in terms of people wanting to donate and help, what kind of things does the red cross need most? it is just a matter of money? >> well, it's easier if it's money. but you know, if they want to donate, we'll take it in kind. but there is always, you know, the sorting it out and bringing it over there. it could be better off bringing it in sebu. we have a red cross warehouse there. if you want to donate, redcross.org/ph is a good way to do so. >> we'll check in with you throughout the coming days. when we come back we're going to talk to the mayor of tacloban to find out the situation on the
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tacloban. a city of 220,000 people. we have seen images like this in japan after the tsunami and sri lanka after the tsunami there. but the images are hard to imagine and adjust your eye to. it takes a while to understand what you are looking at. just the block after block of devastation and that storm surge which carried with it so much debris, so much wood, corrigated tin from people's homes. we don't know the number of fatalities. the focus is on the living and meeting their needs and getting medical care to those who have been injured by debris in that flood water and by the collapsing buildings. i want to talk to the mayor of
tacloban who we spoke to in our previous hour. he survived by having to climb on to his roof. this is my conversation with the mayor. mr. mayor from everything i have heard you are very lucky to be alive. i understand you at one point had to punch holes and climb on to the roof of your house. what happened? >> actually it wasn't the house. it was beside my house. there was a big ballroom. and the ceiling was about 20 feet high. and the next thing we knew, that we were just -- when the waves came in it just brought us up. we had no choice but to punch a hole in the ceiling and hide between the ceiling and the roof and the waves were breaking in the roof. the place was a resort and it was like a ballroom. it's a huge room and tall room. and the waves just came so fast.
but worse than that was the wind. the wind was just so strong that the visibility was 10, 15 feet. there was no way you could even look. it was so strong it would practically pull out your eyes. you couldn't see anything. and it was just howling with wind. >> in terms of how your city is right now, there have been estimates of different death tolls. do you have any sense of fatalities in your city and people who are wounded? do you have any numbers? >> well, the numbers that we've seen, physically that we have retrieved is about 250 bodies already. but we can now only search more with -- with some smell, you know, with the smell that, you know, because a lot of bodies were mixed up with all the
rubble and all the debris. and we're getting reports also of some houses that were buried and we see some bodies floating and these are the things that we are trying to -- these are the stuff that we are trying to do, to retrieve right now. but accessibility is still a problem in some of our small communities. all of the debris is just scattered all over. and it is very difficult to get into these places. >> what are the greatest needs of people there in tacloban right now? food? water? shelter? >> yes, food, water, and shelter are the greatest needs right now. we were paralyzed here in the city government and only about -- out of 300 police department, less than 30 showed up. and many are missing.
of our crew we are 1,300 strong and only less than 100 is reported. it paralyzed us. and we could hardly move. and it was all by foot and all through volunteers we were able to recover many bodies and we are able to do many rescue. >> that's the mayor of tacloban. when we come back we're going to take a short break. when we come back, coverage from the philippines will continue. we will meet a storm chaser who rode out the storm by hiding at one point inside a swimming pool. we'll explain why, ahead. d"
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>> this was at the top. strongest wind, incredible storm surge and really devastated the entire area. >> did you expect the storm surge? i know a lot of people in tacloban were caught by surprise. >> the last report i had said 195-mile-an-hour wind. i knew it was coming. there's a lot of low-lying areas. i knew exactly what was coming. they didn't. but i sure did. >> you rode out part of the storm in the swimming pool. explain that. >> well, the leyte park where i was, it was full on wind. everything it had blew through
there. a lot of times you can move around and get some shots. i wanted to shoot video of the wind going through the palm trees. and i was lining up shots and i noticed the water of the pool was hitting the edge of the pool and going up and over. and i was trying to frame up a storm when there were bigger gusts coming in. i didn't have time to go sneak around the villa and seek shelter. i just jumped in the pool because i had -- i was safer in the pool underwater holding up my camera filming than trying to get back to the villa. it's the first storm i felt like the winds came in so fast you haven't have time to work it. i'm comfortable in the water. i've been in the swim team and scuba diver.
so to me that was safe. >> you shot video of people, one man in crutches trying to get through the water. i mean -- did the people you saw, did they seem prepared? >> i don't think they knew what was coming, anderson. they get typhoons in philippines all the time. but my estimation is they say okay another typhoon. it's the same drill whether it's a one or a five. they go to their usual place and get their provisions and they ride it out. they've never ever seen that kind of storm surge come in or else they would have been elsewhere. they didn't know what beast was coming to town. they just weren't prepared for that. >> i know over the weekend you called the relief effort shameful. how do you think they're going now? >> well, anderson to. be honest, this story gets
sadder by the hour. the international community needs to turn loose every asset they have and get in there and help save people's lives. that's the most important thing right now. look, i was lucky to get out of the airport. i was severely dehydrated. i was lucky. i got out on a c-130 over to sebu where i have an internet connection to get the story out. people have wounds and are getting infections. severe dehydration. i was getting to the point i was losing my mind and not thinking clearly. the people at the airport, they were severely dehydrated. all they wanted to do is get out of there. it was difficult. it was just desperate. that was three days ago. i can't imagine what it was like now. it gets sadder by the hour. >> and the hospital there, clearly overwhelmed.
>> yeah, one of the hardest things was you can't get around in the city. i spent all day and half the next day just covering an area where i'm going over fallen concrete poles, wires, debris, nails, people are hurt there. and if you can get to the hospital, that's going to be -- that was a long hike from where i was. so i don't know. they have to get the heavy equipment in there and clear the roads, the main arteries going into the city and have check points to get aid out. but until they clear the roads, nothing's going to change. >> and that is still a huge issue, jim, i'm glad you made it and made it out i appreciate you showing your video to the world. thank you. >> thanks for having me. >> want to check in with isha
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. welcome back. i'm anderson cooper. i'm in manila at the airport. if you are watching our airport earlier we were trying to get in to tacloban but a weather system moved in. we had to fly back here and scramble to get the broadcast on the air. we want to check in with chad meyers. there is a lot of concern on the ground here about the weather. how does it look? >> well, you know, your flight was cancelled and other flights the same story. there is no equipment at the airport. the airport had 15 feet of water on it. there is no equipment. you can't do ifr landings. there is no way to get in there when it is raining or windy.
the ifr is gone. and we were below mfr rules. you had to fly back to manila. there is a backside to this system. it will dry out for you even 6:00 local time for you you will be able to get on a local flight. the rain will move on by. i believe right now that the low pressure system we have been talking about is down here to is south and moving off to the west away from you. so in a few hours everything gets better. but it was a big scare. there is a high chance of this turning into something more sinister here. here's the story with haiyan. it was 195-mile-an-hour hurricane. typhoon, cyclone, same thing. just severdifferent ocean. so here you go. 195. that is equal to an ef-4 tornado on the ground. and people were saying that the
winds lasted for four hours. so an ef-4 tornado in oklahoma lasts for 30 seconds and is gone. can you imagine that tornado over your house for four hours. katrina was 125, a big storm and big surge too. the story is, though, 125 to 195 seems 60% higher but it's it doesn't work that way, anderson. we look at one square foot of a building. just a window. at 80 miles an hour where sandy was, the force of that wind is 16 pounds per square foot. 120 miles an hour, 35 per square foot. and 195, it is 96 pounds per square foot. that's why this storm was so
much bigger than the other storms we have seen before. anderson? >> amazing the power of that storm. i want to introduce you to jacqueline branscum. people around the world have relativ relatives in the philippines. she is one of them. her parents have health concerns and she wants to get them out. friday was the last time you heard from your parents. what did they say on friday? >> well, right before the storm hit, my dad called. he told me that his plan was that they were going to stay in the upper level of the house. it's a two-story house and that he went ahead and bought some food and some water. and that he thought that it wasn't going to be that bad of a
storm because he thought it was going to move pretty fast. their plan was to stay in the upper level of the house. >> i understand you got word from a relative who walked like six hours to find your parents. how are they doing? >> i'm not too sure. i believe they are okay. my relative, my cousin walked from -- which is about northwest of tacloban about a 45 drive. he walked a couple of them -- a couple of my cousins walked there to tacloban city to check on my parents. and they took a -- my belief is they drove their car back over somehow. they might have been able to finagle the roads and they had to leave because the house was in bad shape and the smell -- the stench was getting ready bad for my mom with her asthma. >> and you are hoping to get your parents out of tacloban
because of their health. what are their health issues? >> my mom in particular, they left on october 31st, a few days before that, my mom was in the hospital. she had an infection and her copd bronchitis was acting up. she has really bad asthma and has had it a long time. we are worried she didn't have her nebrasulizer with her. my dad has arthritis and bronchitis as well. so our main concern is my mom with her health and her ability to be able to breathe, eat, have clean water and be able to take her medicine. >> it's a chaotic situation. i hope your parents stay strong.
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correspondents all throughout the philippines to give you an accurate picture about what is happening here over the last several days. anna koren is in cebu. she reported on some of the efforts there. >> this airfield in cebu is the staging ground for the country's biggest relief operation. c-130 hercules fly in survivors all shell shocked from what they have been through. >> i cannot say anything yet. i'm in shock. >> our friends are dead. some of our family members are dead. so it's really devastating. >> as the death toll grows by the day. the families here desperately wait for news of their loved ones. >> i am the only survivor of the family and i want to know if they are still alive. >> so many people who frankly
just do not have information. communication is spotty at best and a lot of areas have not been got into by government officials by relief agencies. anna koren joins us from cebu. how are things there today? what is the situation? >> well, anderson, the relief operation is certainly stepped up a gear in the last half hour. the largest plane in the world, a russian plane has just landed from china packed filled with aid. of course we know that the people on the ground in the disaster area need food, clean water, medical supplies and shelter. several c-130 hercules planes have landed to take the aid to those areas as well. obviously the weather is a real problem. but certainly here it's been raining and that could slow down the operation.
it's certainly going to hamper the relief efforts and cause a great deal more hismisery on th ground, anderson. >> you talked to a woman who is searching for her family members. in terms of recovery efforts is there heavy equipment on the ground? how are people searching through rebel? -- rubble? >> at the moment, the focus is just on the survivors and getting aid and supplies to them. we are going into the fifth day of this disaster sin super typhoon haiyan sit the central philippines. yesterday we were with the military and went to northern cebu and remote islands. and we were picking up the wounded and the injured, ferrying them back and this is just a handful.
as we flew back to cebu there were people on their homes on their properties waving frontically into the air. there is a sense of desperation. but is it the ledgistics. it's getting the help and aid to the people who so desperately need it. >> we'll have more coverage in just a moment. [ male announcer ] facing a season of tortuous conditions
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that's the latest from here 234 t in the philippines. tomorrow we will be live from the philippines. erin burnett "outfront" starts erin burnett "outfront" starts now. out front next. get international help to come -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com out front next. get international help to come here, now! this is really, really like bad, worse than hell. >> hundreds of thousands homeless and hungry in the philippines. we go live to the scene of the typhoon. plus a newtown cop says the massacre still haunts him, why his bosses want him fired. and the nfl player at the center of a bullying controversy defends his actions. >> the week before this went down, jonathan martin texted me on my phone. i will murder your whole f-ing family.