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31 Devastating Images Of Typhoon Haiyan's Destruction

The category 5 typhoon was one of the strongest storms in recorded history.

Posted on November 9, 2013, at 12:48 p.m. ET

Updated — Nov. 10, 9:55 a.m. ET

1. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons ever to make landfall, devastated the central Philippines on Nov. 9. As many as 10,000 are feared dead, according to some reports.

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An aerial view shows damaged houses on a coastal community after Typhoon Haiyan hit Iloilo Province in the central Philippines on Nov. 9.


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A survivor walks amid the debris of houses destroyed in Tacloban.


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Debris hang on a basketball post near thousands of houses damaged after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city.


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Empty coffins lie on a street near houses damaged in Tacloban.


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Thousands of homes were destroyed in Tacloban.


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A mother takes refuge with her children in Cebu city on Nov. 8.


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A collapsed building is seen after Super Typhoon Haiyan battered the city of Tacloban.


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A father looks at his daughter's body inside a chapel.


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Overturned vehicles are seen outside a damaged airport.


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Survivors wait for medical assistance.


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An aerial view shows damaged houses in the central Philippines.


Romeo Ranoco / Reuters

A survivor holds a statue of Jesus Christ, her only saved belonging, after the typhoon.


Bullit Marquez / AP

A woman stands amid the devastation in Tacloban.


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Residents fetch water from an artesian well.


Romeo Ranoco / Reuters

A mother and her son walk under damaged electric cables. The massive storm forced millions of people to flee to safer ground, cutting power lines and blowing apart houses.


Bullit Marquez / AP

Residents look at bodies wrapped in blankets inside a damaged chapel.


Romeo Ranoco / Reuters

Survivors assess the damage from the Category 5 typhoon.


Erik De Castro / Reuters

A view inside a damaged airport.


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Debris litters a damaged airport in Tacloban.


Romeo Ranoco / Reuters

Survivors carry a person killed in the storm.


Erik De Castro / Reuters

The damaged control tower of Tacloban airport is seen after the typhoon.


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Residents look at the damaged village hall in Janiuay, in Iloilo province.


Romeo Ranoco / Reuters

Survivors who lost their homes use a Jeepney public bus as shelter.


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Residents wait near Tacloban's damaged airport for relief goods on Nov. 9.


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Many houses near an airport were demolished.


Aaron Favila / AP

Residents pull relief goods by dead bodies in the street.


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A survivor carries relief goods among the devastation in Tacloban.


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Residents recover the body of a victim.


Bullit Marquez / AP

Survivors sift through the rubble of their damaged house.


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In this image from ABS-CBN video, residents wade through a flooded street caused by Typhoon Haiyan, in Mindoro, Philippines.


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Residents sit on a curb outside their damaged house.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.