'Yolanda' wipes out Tacloban City
MANILA -- Tacloban City in Leyte felt the wrath of super typhoon "Yolanda," with storm surges wiping out houses and flooding many areas in the city.
The destructive typhoon completely wiped out Barangay San Jose, a coastal village in the city, as shown in the video footage taken by ABS-CBN veteran broadcast journalist and TV Patrol anchor Ted Failon.
Failon, who was in Tacloban City during the height of Yolanda, was able to capture the devastation wrought by the storm surges and strong winds.
He described the storm surges as "paglamon ng karagatan sa mga lugar na malapit sa dagat."
He and his news team lost contact with ABS-CBN on Friday after telecommunications and electricity towers were toppled by the typhoon.
The storm surge, which possibly affected the entire downtown Tacloban, also swept away an ABS-CBN crew vehicle and destroyed transmission equipment.
Failon, who is now in Cebu, showed the footage that took during and after Yolanda's onslaught on Saturday.
The video shows houses completely destroyed, trees toppled, and large piles of debris scattered on the streets.
It also shows Failon helping a boy lift the body of his father, who was killed at the height of the typhoon.
The video also shows the bodies of three children and their grandmother who were killed after being trapped inside their house during the storm surge.
According to the aunt of the children, their parents have yet to be informed of their death.