(Video, Daily Mail) – Thousands of bodies are being piled up on the streets of the Philippines after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, as aid agencies warn the death toll will ‘rise sharply’.
Police and soldiers have the grim task of searching through the wreckage for bodies after entire villages and parts of cities were flattened.
Makeshift mortuaries, set up in remaining intact buildings like churches, are overrun and body bags are being left outside in rows.
Tens of millions of pounds worth of aid has been pledged by countries around the world and agencies say as many as 10million people in the developing country are in need of basic supplies such as shelter, clean water and food.
Thousands of children have been killed in the category-five storm and one charity worker said two out of every five corpses she had seen were youngsters.
Lynette Lim, the Asia communications manager for Save the Children said: ‘The water was knee high and there were bodies floating in the streets. I saw several dead children.
‘Children are particularly vulnerable in disasters. We fear for how many children have been washed away in floods, crushed under falling buildings and injured by flying debris. Many are separated from their families amid the devastation, and all are in desperate need of food, water and shelter.’
In the worst-hit areas, 235mph winds created 20ft waves that are thought to have killed between 10,000 and 15,000 and left 500,000 homeless after their houses were reduced to splinters.
Super-typhoon Haiyan struck with such force on Friday that entire villages were flattened, ships were swept inland and corpses were left hanging from trees.
Desperate survivors of the devastating Philippines typhoon told how they had to steal from the dead to eat.
The Disasters Emergency Committee, made up of 14 UK charities, has made an emergency appeal for funds as fears continue that the death toll from the typhoon will rise and it is estimated that more than 10 million people will be left in need of aid.
The UK is deploying a Royal Navy warship and donating £10 million of humanitarian assistance in aid for the victims, Prime Minister David Cameron said.
Britain will also deploy RAF military transport aircraft to aid recovery efforts, earmarking at least one C-17 cargo plane to move humanitarian aid and large equipment.
David Cameron said: ‘We continue to help around the world – as we are today in the Philippines where Typhoon Haiyan has wrought such appalling devastation.
‘Britain is contributing £10 million and HMS Daring, currently deployed near Singapore, will shortly be heading at full speed towards the disaster zone with further support from an RAF C-17 which will be a powerful help to the relief operation.’
Britain is providing forklift trucks, cutting equipment and 4x4s to help clear and re-open runways and roads.
Temporary shelters, blankets and water purification tablets for 300,000 people are also being sent, as well as essential household goods like buckets, soap and sanitary items.
Meanwhile, Australia announced assistance of 10 million Australian dollars (£5.8 million) and the US government is organising emergency shipments of critically needed material and issuing an immediate 100,000 US dollars (£62,000) for relief efforts. – Full Read and More Photos – Daily Mail: Bodies piled in the streets as makeshift mortuaries are overrun and Philippine typhoon rescue teams warn death toll will ‘rise sharply’ from the 10,000 already confirmed