The Philippines is reeling after a historic storm, Super Typhoon Haiyan, slammed into the country Friday, causing unimaginable damage to cities in its wake. Philippine authorities say thousands have been killed, with many more in harm's way as mass power outages have cut off water, electricity and severely limited food supplies.
The hardest-hit city appears to be Tacloban, a city of more than 200,000, that now lies in near-total ruin. Estimates of the dead across the country have run as high as 10,000. "I have not spoken to anyone who has not lost someone, a relative close to them. We are looking for as many as we can," Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez told CNN.
CNN's Ivan Watson toured the devastated region by air and said the scene was "overwhelming" with forests of trees flattened and flooded villages.
"It was as if a giant hand had come from the sky and just crushed it," he said.
"The United States is already providing significant humanitarian assistance, and we stand ready to further assist the government's relief and recovery efforts," U.S. President Obama said Sunday.