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NEW: First satellite photos show widespread devastation after Typhoon Haiyan

NEW: First satellite photos show widespread devastation after Typhoon Haiyan

 DIGITALGLOBE / GETTY IMAGES

DIGITALGLOBE / GETTY IMAGES

(TIME) -- On Nov. 7, 2013, Tacloban was a easy-going town on the island of Leyte in the eastern Philippines. A major regional port city with a population of 218,000 and a history spanning back centuries, the town is centered on a small landmass that juts out into Cancabato Bay, giving it a long waterfront.

By Nov. 9, after the typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, the city was leveled. Estimates of the people killed reach into the thousands: with roads closed and communities still barely accessible, the full extent of the destruction is still unknown.

Below is a satellite photograph of Tacloban including images from before and after the city was hit with what some are calling the worst typhoon in recorded history. Read more via Time...

 

Tacloban City: Feb. 2012

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Tacloban City, Philippines: Nov. 10, 2013

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