Hernani, Samar: Reports Say 200 Dead, Widespread Damage (+Photos)

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
November 11, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

The city of Hernani in Eastern Samar suffered widespread damage during Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), with reports saying that at least 200 people died there.

The Diocese of Borongan, located up the highway from Hernani, posted photos on Facebook of the damage done to the town.

Hernani was one of the first cities to get hammered by the typhoon over the weekend. Photos showed that asphalt and concrete was torn up from the ground due to the powerful winds and flooding.

Members of the Philippine Red Cross estimated that between 200 and 300 people died in Hernani.

Eastern Samar Representative Ben Evardon told Rappler: “I hope the report about casualties in Hernani is not true.”

He stressed that the Red Cross statistics are not official.

“Seawater crossed the highway. Bridges unpassable in Lalawigan, Borongan, and General MacArthur,” Evardone added.

On Tuesday, it was reported that officials are working to clear debris to secure access points from hard-hit Guiuan to Borongan in Samar, according to GMA News.

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.