AmVid Captures Power of Typhoon Haiyan as it hits Town in Leyte Province

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A storm survivor in the Philippines recalled on Thursday how Typhoon Haiyan ripped off roofs and brought down trees as it made landfall.

Michelle Veloso, a 22-year-old Canadian-Filipino, filmed the moment it hit while holidaying at her family's house in San Juan, Leyte province, some 120 kilometres (75 miles) from Tacloban airport.

Her footage, filmed on 8 November, shows uprooted trees and others bent over from the ferocity of the winds and rain.

At one point, panelling from the roof in the kitchen came off, allowing rain and debris to enter the house.

"It started like really really hard," said Veloso, recalling what happened.

An hour after the family had woken up to face the storm, the roof of the house had blown off.

"And our neighbours, their roofs were removed. Their houses just broke down. Everything. Everything (had) just been washed out and our walls, also in the kitchen, it was just removed," she said.

"And then the trees kept falling also on the houses.

"We were just praying for our life to be complete. All of us, my family to be complete and all of us to be safe. Keep us away from harm."

Veloso said they only sustained minor scrapes and bruises and managed to make their way from San Juan to Tacloban airport.

Thousands were killed and 600,000 people displaced by Friday's powerful storm and many remain hungry, thirsty and sick.

While the cogs of what promises to be a massive international aid effort are beginning to turn, they are not quick enough for those who have been displaced.

With the Tacloban airport battered and roads made impassable by debris, very little aid has arrived in the city.

Most of it is stuck in Manila and the nearby airport of Cebu, a 45-minute flight away.

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