Power and communication outages are rampant in parts of the Philippines after Super Typhoon Haiyan, with sustained winds of 195 mph, slammed into the country. Many thousands of people were evacuated, homes were "blown apart," landslides moved mud down mountains and several people were reported to have died in what is being called one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. The country endures an average of 20 typhoons each year; last year the strongest storm caused $1 billion worth of damage to infrastructure, property and crops.

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