"There are many victims."
Translation:Es gibt viele Opfer.
Es gibt vs das sind? I've never figured out the pattern between these two as to which is to be used in which situation. "There are" is pretty easy in English but rather tricky in German. Can you please provide your excellent light on this dark corner? Vielen Dank (and thank you for your explanation to clarify Viel and Viele in another section.)
The verb always stands in the second position in a main clause.
Usually, the subject is before the verb, e.g. Es gibt hier viele Häuser. "There are many houses here."
But other things can also come before the verb, e.g. an adverb such as hier. In that case, the subject has to move after the verb so that the verb can remain the second thing in the sentence: Hier gibt es viele Häuser. "There are many houses here."
There's no real difference in meaning between the two, just a different emphasis.
Also, in yes-no questions, the verb comes first: Gibt es hier viele Häuser? "Are there many houses here?" (Note that English also has the verb first in this case.)