Death toll from Typhoon Haiyan rises to the thousands

Death toll from Typhoon Haiyan rises to the thousands

PHILIPPINES - Officials say as many as 10,000 lives were swept away under the most violent typhoon ever recorded.

With winds of 150 mph, Typhoon Haiyan knocked out communication and destroyed a majority of structures in the Leyte Province, and nearly all in the city of Taclobon.

Food and water are in short supply, and residents cover their noses to avert the smell of bodies. The U.S. military has jointed the massive operation to bring relief to coastal towns that have simply been wiped from the map.

Officials in the Philippines say close to half a million people have been displaced so far