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11/12/2013 (1 year ago)

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Death toll only expected to climb as rescuers reach more remote areas

Still reeling from the strongest storm in recorded history, rescue workers are now trying to reach the more remote towns and villages in the central Philippines. Relief efforts intensified with the help of U.S. Military. The aircraft carrier USS George Washington has been sent to further scale up air operations when ground teams are struggling to reach areas where roads are impassable and bridges destroyed.

It's only set to get worse for Filipino survivors, as a depression is due to bring rain to the central and southern Philippines, the weather bureau said.

It's only set to get worse for Filipino survivors, as a depression is due to bring rain to the central and southern Philippines, the weather bureau said.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

11/12/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Philippines, relief efforts, storm, Yolanda, USS George Washington

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The carrier was already in the area during a port visit to Hong Kong.

It's only set to get worse, as a depression is due to bring rain to the central and southern Philippines, the weather bureau said. "I think what worries us the most is that there are so many areas where we have no information from, and when we have this silence, it usually means the damage is even worse," Joseph Curry of the U.S. Organization Catholic Relief Services says.

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Haiyan in the Philippines.  DONATE NOW..."Many places are strewn with dead bodies," John Ging, director of operations at the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says. He added that there is a hastened need prevent the outbreak of a public health disaster. "We're sadly expecting the worst as we get more and more access," Ging said, speaking to reporters at the United Nations in New York.

The Philippines President Benigno Aquino declared a "state of national calamity" and deployed hundreds of soldiers in Tacloban to quell looting. The city of Tacloban, one of the hardest hit by the Typhoon, is in disarray as city and hospital workers focused on saving their own families and securing food.

Relief supplies are still getting into the city four days after Typhoon Haiyan turned the once-vibrant port of 220,000 into a corpse-choked wasteland.

Aid trucks from the airport struggled to enter because of the stream of people and vehicles leaving. People on motorbikes, trucks or by foot clogged the road to the airport, holding scarves to their faces to blot out the stench of bodies.

Hundreds have left on cargo planes to the capital Manila or Cebu, with many more sleeping rough overnight at the wrecked terminal building.

The situation here is rapidly deteriorating. "It's risky," said Jewel Ray Marcia, an army lieutenant says. "People are angry. They are going out of their minds."

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