|dethalternate||Date: Wednesday, 13-November-2013, 12:45 PM | Message # 1|
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Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines on Friday, and the death toll has reached 1,774 people so far, with officials estimating the final death toll will be over 10,000. The "supertyphoon" affected more than 10 million people in the country across six islands and 41 provinces. So far, only a small amount of assistance has arrived, as even large organizations are having trouble providing support because local government officials and police are dealing with the disaster themselves, hampering coordination efforts. The aid that has made it to the Philippines includes two US Marine cargo planes with food and medical supplies and $25 million in emergency funds from the United Nations. RT's Ameera David shows us the devastation the storm wrought, and she also brings us a first-hand account from typhoon-relief volunteer Jesse Edward Wee.
Officials in the central Philippines are still overwhelmed in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. In Tacloban, corpses lay uncollected. Desperate townspeople scavenge through debris. The country's interior secretary said Tacloban's municipal government was wiped out by the storm, or officials were dead, missing or debilitated by grief.
Petrol is as scarce as food and clean drinking water.