MANILA, Philippines – Several bodies were reportedly seen floating in floods at the height of typhoon Yolanda’s onslaught in Tacloban City on Friday.
“We witnessed many of the dead actually floating in the floodwaters and then when the floodwaters receded many of them were washed to the sea,” reported ABS-CBN News correspondent Atom Araullo, who is in Tacloban, Leyte.
Araullo, reporting on ANC's "Primetime" Friday, added that Tecson John Lim, Tacloban City’s administrator, estimated the number of fatalities at 500.
“It is not necessary just from Tacloban but also from the nearby cities and towns in Samar and Leyte that may have been washed on the shore of this particular area,” said Araullo.
He added that the tally of casualties is expected to go up as soon as communication lines are restored in the area.
Tacloban is one of the badly devastated areas in Leyte when Yolanda hit the Visayas area on Friday.
Storm surges swamped most parts of the city, forcing residents out of their homes.
Yolanda, which left the Philippines on Saturday, was the strongest typhoon to hit the country since typhoon Pablo slammed the Mindanao region in 2012.