Survivors look at a military C-130 plane which arrives at typhoon-ravaged Tacloban city
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Philippines typhoon: Survivors 'clung to coconut tree'

Typhoon Haiyan - one of the most powerful storms to make landfall ever recorded - swept through the central Philippines on Friday.

Evelina, from Palo on the island of Leyte, told Newsday on the BBC World Service how she and four companions - including a five-year-old boy - managed to survive by clinging to a post and a tree.

She recounted telling her companion: "Just cling to that plant and then you trust in the Lord and say Lord Jesus, have mercy on us."

  • 11 Nov 2013
  • From the section Asia
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