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Typhoon's survivors beg for help

Locals and foreigners board a U.S. military C-130 evacuation flight following the massive Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, central Philippines, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Locals and foreigners board a U.S. military C-130 evacuation flight following the massive Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, central Philippines, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
A survivor writes a message on their port to call for help at typhoon-ravaged Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Authorities said at least 2 million people in 41 provinces had been affected by Friday's disaster and at least 23,000 houses had been damaged or destroyed. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
New-born baby Bea Joy is held as mother Emily Ortega, 21, rests after giving birth at an improvised clinic at Tacloban airport Monday Nov. 11, 2013 in Tacloban city, Leyte province in central Philippines. Bea Joy was named after her grandmother Beatrice, who was missing following the onslaught of typhoon Haiyan. Ortega was in an evacuation center when the storm surge hit and flooded the city. She had to swim to survive before finding safety at the airport. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
BICESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Aid in Oxfam's Emergency Warehouse which is to be shipped to the Philippines to assist the humanitarian crisis following Typhoon Haiya on November 12, 2013 in Bicester, England. Oxfam is initially providing 16 tonnes of aid, with a value of 212,000 GBP, comprising of water, sanitation and emergency shelters. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Typhoon survivors hang signs from their necks as they queue up in the hopes of boarding a C-130 military transport plane Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Tacloban, central Philippines. Thousands of typhoon survivors swarmed the airport on Tuesday seeking a flight out, but only a few hundred made it, leaving behind a shattered, rain-lashed city short of food and water and littered with countless bodies. The typhoon, known as Haiyan elsewhere in Asia but called Yolanda in the Philippines, was likely the deadliest natural disaster to beset this poor Southeast Asian nation. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Philippine military personnel secure the airstrip as frustrated families wait for evacuation flights in Tacloban, central Philippines, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Thousands of typhoon survivors swarmed the airport on Tuesday seeking a flight out, but only a few hundred made it, leaving behind a shattered, rain-lashed city short of food and water and littered with countless bodies. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
A body wrapped in cloth labeled only with a name is left on a pew at St. Michael The Archangel Chapel in Tacloban, central Philippines, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. There is no functioning morgue here, so people have been collecting the dead from Typhoon Haiyan and storing them where they can ? in this case, St. Michael The Archangel Chapel. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 12: A woman carrying a child cries as other survivors of Typhoon Haiyan wait to board a C130 aircraft during the evacuation of hundreds of survivors of Typhoon Haiyan on November 12, 2013 in Tacloban, Philippines. Four days after the typhoon devastated the region many have nothing left, they are without food or power and most lost their homes. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 11: Children play beside a damaged jeepney converted into a living quarter in an area devastated by Typhoon Haiyan on November 11, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Three days after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the region many have nothing left, they are without food or power and most lost their homes. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 11: Survivors collect water from a broken water pipe in an area devastated by Typhoon Haiyan on November 11, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Three days after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the region many have nothing left, they are without food or power and most lost their homes. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 11: Survivors pass through an area devastated by Typhoon Haiyan on November 11, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Three days after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the region many have nothing left, they are without food or power and most lost their homes. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 11: A man salvages materials in an area devastated by Typhoon Haiyan on November 11, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Three days after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the region many have nothing left, they are without food or power and most lost their homes. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 11: Survivors cover their noses due to the stench of uncollected dead bodies still lying on the streets on November 11, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Three days after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the region many have nothing left, they are without food or power and most lost their homes. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 12: A woman clears debris inside her house in an area devastated by Typhoon Haiyan on November 12, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Four days after the Typhoon Haiyan devastated the region many have nothing left, they are without food or power and most lost their homes. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 12: Evacuees wait for their flight inside an airport lounge flooded with water in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on November 12, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Four days after the Typhoon Haiyan devastated the region many have nothing left, they are without food or power and most lost their homes. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 12: Japanese doctors from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) carry medical supplies on November 12, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Four days after the Typhoon Haiyan devastated the region many have nothing left, they are without food or power and most lost their homes. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 12: Evacuees wait for their turn to board a military aircraft on November 12, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Four days after the typhoon devastated the region many have nothing left, they are without food or power and most lost their homes. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 12: Survivors walk over debris as they pass through an area devasted by Typhoon Haiyan on November 12, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Four days after the Typhoon Haiyan devastated the region many have nothing left, they are without food or power and most lost their homes. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
SANYA, CHINA - NOVEMBER 11: (CHINA OUT) People make their way in a flooded street on November 11, 2013 in Sanya, China. Typhoon Haiyan, which left a trail of destruction in the Philippines, weakened into a tropical depression and brought gales and rainstorms to South China on Sunday. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
Rescue workers face a daunting task in the typhoon-battered islands of the Philippines
HMS Daring, which is to be deployed to the Philippines to help the millions of people affected by the devastating typhoon
Residents rebuild their homes Monday Nov. 11, 2013 following Friday's typhoon Haiyan, that lashed Hernani township, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines. Stunned survivors of one of the most powerful typhoons ever to make landfall picked through the remains of their homes Monday and pleaded for food and medicine as the Philippines struggled to deal with what is likely its deadliest natural disaster. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Soldiers stand near relief supplies for victims of Typhoon Haiyan at Villamor Airbase in Manila (AP)
Residents cover their nose from the smell of dead bodies in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. The city remains littered with debris from damaged homes as many complain of shortage of food, water and no electricity since the Typhoon Haiyan slammed into their province. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine provinces Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction and hundreds of people dead. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
IN AIR, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 10: In this handout from the Malacanang Photo Bureau, an aerial view of buildings destroyed in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on November 10, 2013 over the Leyte province, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph), slammed into the southern Philippines and left a trail of destruction in multiple provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and making travel by air and land to hard-hit provinces difficult. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Ryan Lim/Malacanang Photo Bureau via Getty Images)
A girl rests with her family inside their damaged home in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. The city remains littered with debris from damaged homes as many complain of shortage of food, water and no electricity since the Typhoon Haiyan slammed into their province. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine provinces Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction and hundreds of people dead. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 10: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content.) People killed during Typhoon Haiyan are lined up on the side of the road on November 10, 2013 in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph), slammed into the southern Philippines and left a trail of destruction in multiple provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and making travel by air and land to hard-hit provinces difficult. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***
A resident carries his bicycle past houses damaged by typhoon Haiyan, in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine provinces Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction and hundreds of people dead. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Survivors pass by two large boats after they were washed ashore by strong waves caused by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction and hundreds of people dead. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Residents push a shutter to open a small grocery to get food in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. The city remains littered with debris from damaged homes as many complain of shortage of food, water and no electricity since the Typhoon Haiyan slammed into their province. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Residents carry relief goods in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. The city remains littered with debris from damaged homes as many complain of shortages of food and water and no electricity since Typhoon Haiyan slammed into their province. Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday, leaving a wide swath of destruction and scores of people dead. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
A resident looks at houses damaged by typhoon Haiyan, in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded slammed into central Philippine provinces Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction and scores of people dead. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
This image provided by NASA shows Typhoon Haiyan taken by Astronaut Karen L. Nyberg aboard the International Space Station Saturday Nov. 9, 2013. Rescuers in the central Philippines counted at least 100 dead and many more injured Saturday a day after one of the most powerful typhoons on record ripped through the region, wiping away buildings and leveling seaside homes in massive storm surges, then headed for Vietnam. (AP Photo/NASA, Karen L. Nyberg)
Cars and debris from damaged houses float along a river in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. The city remains littered with debris from damaged homes as many complain of shortage of food, water and no electricity since the Typhoon Haiyan slammed into their province. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine provinces Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction and hundreds of people dead. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Vehicles and a body lie amongst the devastation caused by typhoon Haiyan, in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday, leaving a wide swath of destruction and scores of people dead. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
A Filipino resident reacts after getting supplies from a grocery that was stormed by people in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. The city remains littered with debris from damaged homes as many complain of shortages of food and water and no electricity since Typhoon Haiyan slammed into their province. Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday, leaving a wide swath of destruction and scores of people dead. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Local and foreign medical teams prepare to board a Philippines air force C-130 transport plane in Manila, Philippines, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in search of victims in the areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction and scores of people dead. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Residents carry relief goods past damaged homes in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. The city remains littered with debris from damaged homes as many complain of shortages of food and water and no electricity since Typhoon Haiyan slammed into their province. Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday, leaving a wide swath of destruction and scores of people dead. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 10: Residents wade through flood waters on November 10, 2013 in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph), slammed into the southern Philippines and left a trail of destruction in multiple provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and making travel by air and land to hard-hit provinces difficult. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 10: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content.) People killed during Typhoon Haiyan are lined up on the side of the road on November 10, 2013 in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph), slammed into the southern Philippines and left a trail of destruction in multiple provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and making travel by air and land to hard-hit provinces difficult. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 10: Residents evacuate the area on November 10, 2013 in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph), slammed into the southern Philippines and left a trail of destruction in multiple provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and making travel by air and land to hard-hit provinces difficult. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 10: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content.) People killed during Typhoon Haiyan lay on the side of the road on November 10, 2013 in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph), slammed into the southern Philippines and left a trail of destruction in multiple provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and making travel by air and land to hard-hit provinces difficult. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 10: Damaged vehicles in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan on November 10, 2013 in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph), slammed into the southern Philippines and left a trail of destruction in multiple provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and making travel by air and land to hard-hit provinces difficult. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 10: Submerged cars sit in flood waters in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on November 10, 2013 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph), slammed into the southern Philippines and left a trail of destruction in multiple provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and making travel by air and land to hard-hit provinces difficult. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 10: Downed power lines and debris block the road in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on November 10, 2013 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph), slammed into the southern Philippines and left a trail of destruction in multiple provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and making travel by air and land to hard-hit provinces difficult. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 10: Residents transport bags of rice in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on November 10, 2013 near Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph), slammed into the southern Philippines and left a trail of destruction in multiple provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and making travel by air and land to hard-hit provinces difficult. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
IN AIR, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 10: In this handout from the Malacanang Photo Bureau, an aerial view of buildings destroyed in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on November 10, 2013 over the Leyte province, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph), slammed into the southern Philippines and left a trail of destruction in multiple provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and making travel by air and land to hard-hit provinces difficult. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Ryan Lim/Malacanang Photo Bureau via Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 10: Residents wait on line for fresh water on November 10, 2013 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph), slammed into the southern Philippines and left a trail of destruction in multiple provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and making travel by air and land to hard-hit provinces difficult. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 10: Widespread devastation is left behind in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on November 10, 2013 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph), slammed into the southern Philippines and left a trail of destruction in multiple provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and making travel by air and land to hard-hit provinces difficult. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 10: A woman looks at what is left of her house in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan on November 10, 2013 in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph), slammed into the southern Philippines and left a trail of destruction in multiple provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and making travel by air and land to hard-hit provinces difficult. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 10: (Editors Note: graphic images) A resident in a wheelchair passes by dead bodies lying on the side of a road in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan on November 10, 2013 in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph), slammed into the southern Philippines and left a trail of destruction in multiple provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and making travel by air and land to hard-hit provinces difficult. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 10: Residents pass by a damaged truck in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan on November 10, 2013 in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph), slammed into the southern Philippines and left a trail of destruction in multiple provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and making travel by air and land to hard-hit provinces difficult. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 10: A man walks through debris in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan on November 10, 2013 in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph), slammed into the southern Philippines and left a trail of destruction in multiple provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and making travel by air and land to hard-hit provinces difficult. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 10: A damaged vehicle lies amid debris in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan on November 10, 2013 in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph), slammed into the southern Philippines and left a trail of destruction in multiple provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and making travel by air and land to hard-hit provinces difficult. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 10: A woman comes out of her damaged house in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan on November 10, 2013 in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph), slammed into the southern Philippines and left a trail of destruction in multiple provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and making travel by air and land to hard-hit provinces difficult. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 10: Affected residents wash their clothes on a canal in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan on November 10, 2013 in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph), slammed into the southern Philippines and left a trail of destruction in multiple provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and making travel by air and land to hard-hit provinces difficult. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 10: Affected residents wait in line for relief goods at a heavily damaged airport on November 10, 2013 in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph), slammed into the southern Philippines and left a trail of destruction in multiple provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and making travel by air and land to hard-hit provinces difficult. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 09: Bureau of Fire Protection volunteers pack relief goods bound for hard-hit areas of the southern Philippines at a government warehouse on November 9, 2013 in Manila, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph), slammed into the southern Philippines and left a trail of destruction in multiple provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and making travel by air and land to hard-hit provinces difficult. Initial reports say at least 100 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

Survivors in the typhoon-ravaged Philippines have begged the world for help as a massive relief operation struggled to get underway, with bodies lying uncounted in the streets amid shortages of food, water and medicine.

Police guarded shops to prevent looting, but there was often no one to carry away the dead - not even those seen along the main road from the airport to Tacloban, the worst-hit city along the country's remote eastern seaboard.

Typhoon Haiyan is feared to have killed at least 10,000 people, but with the slow pace of recovery, the official death toll remained well below that.

Tacloban resembled a rubbish dump from the air, punctuated only by a few concrete buildings that remained standing.

"I don't believe there is a single structure that is not destroyed or severely damaged in some way - every single building, every single house," US Marine General Paul Kennedy said after taking a helicopter flight over the city.

At least two million people in 41 provinces were affected by Haiyan, one of the most powerful recorded typhoons to ever hit land.

Philippine soldiers were distributing food and water in Tacloban, and teams from the United Nations and other international agencies were seen for the first time.

"Please tell my family I'm alive," said Erika Mae Karakot, a survivor on Tacloban's Leyte island, as she lined up for aid. "We need water and medicine because a lot of the people we are with are wounded. Some are suffering from diarrhoea and dehydration due to shortage of food and water."

Around 800,000 people were evacuated ahead of the typhoon, but many centres - brick-and-mortar schools, churches and government buildings - could not withstand the winds and water surges. Those who had huddled in them drowned or were swept away.

The winds, rains and coastal storm surges transformed neighborhoods into twisted piles of debris, blocking roads and trapping decomposing bodies underneath. Ships were tossed inland, cars and trucks swept out to sea and bridges and ports washed away.

Residents have stripped malls, shops and homes of food, water and consumer goods. Officials said some of the looting smacked of desperation but in other cases items taken included TVs, refrigerators, Christmas trees and a treadmill. Philippine president Benigno Aquino III said he was considering declaring a state of emergency or martial law in Tacloban.

Meanwhile there were worries that aid would not arrive soon enough.

"We're afraid that it's going to get dangerous in town because relief goods are trickling in very slow," said Bobbie Womack, an American missionary and longtime Tacloban resident from Athens, Tennessee. "I know it's a massive, massive undertaking to try to feed a town of over 150,000 people. They need to bring in shiploads of food."

Haiyan hit the eastern seaboard of the Philippines on Friday and quickly barreled across its central islands, packing winds guswting to 170 mph.

It inflicted serious damage to at least six islands in the middle of the eastern seaboard, with Leyte, Samar and the northern part of Cebu appearing to bear the brunt of the storm.

Video from Eastern Samar province's Guiuan township - the first area where the typhoon made landfall - showed a trail of devastation similar to Tacloban. Many houses were flattened and roads were strewn with debris and uprooted trees.

"I have no house, I have no clothes. I don't know how I will restart my life. I am so confused," one woman said, crying. "I don't know what happened to us. We are appealing for help. Whoever has a good heart, I appeal to you - please help Guiuan."

The United Nations said it was sending supplies but access to the worst hit areas was difficult.

The storm's sustained winds weakened to 75 mph as it made landfall in northern Vietnam early Monday after crossing the South China Sea. There were no reports of significant damage or injuries.

-AP

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