Isolated Philippine Towns Desperate for Food, Water

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GUIUAN, Philippines -- At least 2,344 in the Philippines are now confirmed dead from Typhoon Haiyan and about 600,000 have been displaced by the storm.

Some communities are now seeing violence, looting, and gunfire as people struggle to find food, clean water, and medicine.

"We can survive without these houses. It's okay for us, anywhere...sleep anywhere, but we need food, only food," one typhoon survivor said.

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The other basic need: water. Some have even resorted to straining it through their shirts.

Meanwhile, relief is starting to trickle in, with CBN Disaster Relief delivering boxes of food, blankets, tents, sleeping mats, cloths, and water right off the plane.

But flying is one of the top challenges. The airport in Tacloban still has no radar or working air traffic control system. Planes must circle above and take turns using the runway.

Even after landing, there's often a logjam on the roads, which are too damaged or flooded to pass.

"Some of the challenges we've had so far with the situation on the ground is purely to do with the logistics and planning and trying to get support services up and running," Dirk Taylor, with the Royal Australian Air Force, said.

The devastation stretches as far as the eye can see. John Tan, CBN-Asia general manager, said Guiuan was the first town hit by the powerful typhoon.

While most of the attention is focused on Tacloban, dozens of towns like Guiuan are also struggling to cope.

"So we thought we should help them," Tan said.
Antonio Hzbrezz is overseeing the emergency supplies coming into Guiuan's destroyed airport.

"Our food is scarce, we are isolated and it's hard to get to our city, but the food you've brought and other materials will be a big help," he said.
Security is big concern. The Philippine army and police are on the ground to keep residents from looting and rioting, which has become difficult as people become more desperate.

Philippines authorities say eight people were crushed to death during a looting rampage as thousands of survivors stormed a rice warehouse.

"The security is much better now that police from different parts of the country are here to watch over the town," police officer Raul Duran Blasa said.

Grace Aman is among the hundreds of residents waiting at the airport to escape the chaotic aftermath of the storm.

"I'm leaving my parents and my children here and going to Manila to get help from other relatives because we've lost everything," she said.

Other victims have no other option but to stay. Dead bodies lie unattended in the roads and even in trees, adding to the misery.

"It's just really death and devastation everywhere. People need help. People need help," John Wynn, a U.S. missionary, said.

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