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    Massive Philippines Aid Operation Struggles to Reach Typhoon Survivors

    • 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.
    The Philippines After Typhoon Haiyan
    Simone Orendain
    The Philippine government is still contending with the confusion and difficulty of sending aid across the typhoon-devastated central part of the country. But five days after Super Typhoon Haiyan tore through, killing more than 2,200, people, authorities say more airports are opening up as well as major roads.  

    At the entrance of the Villamor Air Force Base in Manila, Adelyn Maño huddled with dozens of people at a bus stop as a rainstorm passed through. She had just arrived  from Tacloban, one of the hardest hit cities.

    “I came with them, my three children and a companion. And my other child, she died because the water went up so high, she lamented, "she was not even buried because there are no coffins there.”

    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
    Typhoon Haiyan brought a storm surge five meters high that slammed Tacloban and left countless people dead in its wake.

    Maños said her family was forced to come to Manila because of a lack of food. She said they waited in line at the airport for two days without anything to eat or drink.

    The Tacloban airport has been a rally point for getting aid to the worst hit regions, but blocked roads have slowed deliveries to Samar Province and other towns in the east.

    Authorities reported progress Tuesday in clearing debris from major highways and reopening airports in other areas that have been badly hit.

    Although the international community is sending in money, relief goods and military assets, Presidential Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras told reporters in Manila that coordination remains a challenge.

    “There has never been anything at the magnitude of what we are trying to do now," Almendras said. "Not in size, not in volume, not in- even the breadth of it. The logistics alone, we discussed over two hours last night, talking about how to move goods, where to move goods, how many trucks you need, even from packing center to shipping center.”

    The government has made Cebu, a central island with some badly-ravaged towns, the main receiving hub for all international aid. Officials say all national roads in and out of Leyte, Samar and nearby Biliran Islands are open. Provincial bus service to the region started running Wednesday.

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

    With aid workers focused on helping survivors, what to do with the dead is another matter. Almendras said some locations do not have enough body bags.

    The coordination struggles between the central and local governments are also reflected in varying death tolls. The national government has confirmed about 2,000 deaths, but some regional and local governments have larger counts.

    Presidential Cabinet Secretary Almendras said the government’s goal is to have a well-run system in place in the coming days.

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