Wait Continues In The Philippines: 'We Have Nothing To Eat' : The Two-WayWhile the aid effort continues to ramp up, many in the typhoon-ravaged nation are still waiting for food, water and adequate shelter. "Nothing. Nothing happened," one survivor said Friday after waiting hours for food aid that never arrived.
A boy stands amid the ruins of the San Jose neighborhood of Tacloban, in the central Philippines, on Friday. Food and water supplies are almost nonexistent, as little or no aid has reached people in the city or surrounding neighborhoods. Tacloban was destroyed after Typhoon Haiyan tore through the region, leaving thousands of people dead and even more missing or injured.
A family runs across the airport tarmac hoping to board an emergency evacuation flight out of the devastated city.
Families wait to board an emergency evacuation flight out of Tacloban.
A Filipino soldier stands guard at an airport gate. Thousands of people wait outside in hopes of getting a ride out of the area on the ongoing emergency airlift.
A man yells at a gas station attendant after waiting in line for hours to fill a 3-liter bottle with petrol.
A woman waits for a delivery of water.
Men ride on top of a truck carrying food aid.
A man dives into the ruins of a cigarette warehouse trying to find dry packs to sell on the streets in San Jose.
A woman holds a beach umbrella as she walks through a leveled area in San Jose.
Filipino coroners examine the rotting remains of bodies left at a makeshift morgue outside Tacloban's City Hall.
Local officials have been working tirelessly to move bodies into burial sites.
A casket sits at the side of the road waiting for removal by health workers.
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On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Jason Beaubien reports from Tacloban, the Philippines
Aid is starting to get to some of the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, but the sad news from the Philippines on Friday is that for many of the storm's victims things still aren't much better after a week without adequate food, water or shelter.
On Morning Edition, NPR's Jason Beaubien reported from a long line of people in the city of Tacloban. They were waiting patiently in the hope that Philippine Navy personnel would be handing out food. By mid-day Friday, Jason said, "it was clear the assistance wasn't coming."
"We have nothing to eat, and that's why we came here," 16-year-old Harvey Albino said. "And nothing. Nothing happened."
Meanwhile, The Associated Press writes that the Philippines' National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council says the number of confirmed deaths from Haiyan (known as Yolanda in the Philippines) has risen to 3,621.
It's likely the official figure will be rising in coming hours or days, officials have warned.
"Helicopters from a U.S. aircraft carrier have been transporting supplies to the devastated town of Guiuan on the Pacific coast — the first to take the full force of the typhoon.
"The carrier, USS George Washington, is expanding search-and-rescue operations and providing a platform for helicopters to move supplies.
"Pallets loaded with food and water have been taken from the aircraft carrier to Tacloban, the capital of badly hit Leyte province, and Guiuan."
The Philippine government, meanwhile, "is defending its efforts to deliver assistance," Voice of America reports. "Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said on Friday that in a situation such as this, no matter how fast aid is delivered it is still not fast enough. Speaking in the devastated city of Tacloban, he said that the need is massive and immediate, and not everyone can be reached."
"The flow of relief supplies has been hampered by wrecked roadways and a lack of gasoline in and near the city. Officials say the fuel shortages have been made worse by retail merchants who are afraid to sell their gasoline supplies for fear of rioting by an increasingly desperate population."