Picking up the pieces: Some residents try to go about their daily business despite the large-scale destruction
Tragedy: Bodies of residents can be seen in the streets of Tacloban, while one local is forced to transport a body in a wheelbarrow
Collapsed: A resident walks past her destroyed home - flattened by piles of wood and branches from nearby trees - in Tacloban city
She said: 'My thoughts are with the people of the Philippines, in particular those who have lost loved ones. UK support is now under way.
'Many thousands of people in remote, hard-to-reach communities have lost their homes and everything they own. They are living in the open and completely exposed to the elements.
'The absolute priority must be to reach them with shelter and protection as soon as possible.
'UK support will provide urgently needed access to clean water, shelter, household items and blankets,
'We are also sending additional humanitarian experts from the UK to work with the DfID team and international agencies, including ensuring partners are prioritising the protection of vulnerable girls and women.'
Workers: Local Red Cross staff place sand bags on the roof of a house in Danang, Vietnam
Debris: Helicopters hover over the damaged area of Tacloban city, which was battered with strong winds yesterday
Victim: A resident walks past dead bodies that lie on the street in Tacloban city, Leyte province
Five people drowned in the storm surge and three others are missing. He said: 'It was like a 747 flying just above my roof.' adding that his family and some of his neighbours whose houses were destroyed took shelter in his basement.
In the aftermath, people were seen weeping while retrieving bodies of loved ones inside buildings and on a street that was littered with fallen trees, roofing material and other building parts torn off in the typhoon's fury.
All that was left of one large building whose walls were smashed in were the skeletal remains of its rafters.
Under water: Residents wade through a flooded street in Mindoro, Philippines this morning following the typoon
Pile up: Vehicles and rubbish are pictured strewn across a flooded street in Tacloban, Leyte
Upside down: A devastated airport in Tacloban city, Leyte province - where roofs were ripped on hundreds of houses
Shock: These two pictures show the devastation in Coron, Palawan where buildings have been flattened, left and right, leaving residents helplessly walking the streets.