"The rescue operation is ongoing, we expect a very high number of fatalities as well as injured," he said. "All systems, all vestiges of modern living — communications, power, water — all are down. Media is down, so there is no way to communicate with the people in a mass sort of way."
"The devastation is, I don't have the words for it," Roxas said. "It's really horrific. It's a great human tragedy."