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    Manila Flights Depart With Aid, Return With Survivors

    In Manila, Flights Depart with Typhoon Aid, Return With Survivorsi
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    November 13, 2013 4:19 PM
    What may turn out to be one of the largest-ever humanitarian missions is getting underway in the Philippines.VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Villamor Air Base on the outskirts of Manila.
    U.S. Marine and other American military planes airlifted fifty tons of supplies into Tacloban on Tuesday, where several hundred thousand survivors are growing desperate after days without food or clean water.

    Five days after Super Typhoon Haiyan tore through the region, killing more than 2,200 people, authorities say airports and major roads are opening. Soon a fleet of U.S. Navy vessels, led by the USS George Washington aircraft carrier, will join the effort.

    Super Typhoon Haiyan

    • 10,000 people feared dead
    • At least 9.8 million people affected
    • About 660,000 people displaced
    • 394,494 people are in evacuation centers
    • 1,316 evacuation centers have been established

    Source: UN
    U.S. Marine Corps Brigadier General Paul Kennedy, who has flown over the devastation, describes the storm as “a tsunami with the strength of a cyclone” nearly 100 kilometers wide.
     
    “Every single palm tree has been ripped out of the ground, and they’re laying across the roads," he said. "It’s just strewn. They’re matchsticks all over the ground there.”
     
    Aircraft are departing Villamor Air Base in Manila with supplies and returning with survivors.
     
    According to Dan Dieckhaus, civil-military coordinator with the U.S. Agency for International Development, it's too soon to estimate how many planeloads of equipment and basic necessities are still needed.
     
    “This is a significant problem," he said from his post at the base. "We are mobilizing and taking steps to move the relief effort forward.”
     
    For the 31 members of Jeffrey Pica’s family who managed to escape Tacloban on an American cargo plane, there may be nothing to return home to.

    “It’s good our family survived and could come here," he said. "And we’re going to stay because there’s nothing to go back to there.”

    “McDonald’s Hamburgers, they’re all there looting all of the chicken out of it. Bringing trays of chickens," he said. "[I asked] ‘Could I have two bags? Yes, please.' I got two bags. Went home, had tea because there’s no food in the hotel, no water, no electricity.”
     
    The amount of aid is now set increase significantly with repairs to Tacloban airport, which was severely damaged in the storm.

    According to the Civil Defense office, about 600,000 surviviros remain displaced, with almost half staying at evacuation centers.

    • People line up to be evacuated outside Tacloban airport, central Philippines, Nov. 13, 2013.
    • A survivor wipes his face under a Philippines national flag in Tacloban, central Philippines, Nov. 13, 2013.
    • Members of a Philippines rescue team carry corpses in body bags as they search for the dead in Tacloban, central Philippines, Nov. 13, 2013.
    • A rescue team wades into flood waters to retrieve a body in Tacloban, central Phillipines, Nov. 13, 2013.
    • Typhoon survivors hang signs from their necks as they line up to try to board a C-130 military transport plane in Tacloban, Nov. 12, 2013.
    • Typhoon survivors jostle to get a chance to board a C-130 military transport plane in Tacloban, Nov. 12, 2013.
    • A Philippine air force officer hands out orange slices to typhoon survivors as they line up to board a C-130 military transport plane in Tacloban city, Nov. 12, 2013.
    • Tacloban residents wait for military flights inside the terminal of Tacloban airport, Nov. 12, 2013.
    • Typhoon survivors rush to get a chance to board a C-130 military transport plane in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines, Nov. 12, 2013.
    • Survivors walk in typhoon ravaged Tacloban city, Nov. 12, 2013.
    • An aerial view of the ruins of houses after the devastation of super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city in central Philippines, Nov. 11, 2013.
    • Survivors carry bags of rice from a warehouse they stormed to get food after the typhoon, Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines, Nov. 11, 2013.

    Simone Orendain contributed to this report.

    Steve Herman

    A veteran journalist, Steve Herman is VOA's Southeast Asia Bureau Chief and Correspondent, based in Bangkok.

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