Missionary in Philippines: 'Bodies Lying Everywhere'

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The official death toll from the Philippines typhoon stands at nearly 1,800, but authorities expect it to rise considerably.

An estimated 11 million people were impacted by Super Typhoon Haiyen, with it's near 200 mile-per-hour winds and 20 foot storm surge.

More than half a million people have been left homeless. In some areas, the survivors are being forced to live among piles of corpses.

"It's just really death and devastation everywhere. Bodies lying everywhere. People need help," American missionary and storm survivor John Wynn said.

CBN News Sr. International Correspondent George Thomas is in Manila and has more, following this report, on CBN Newswatch, Nov. 12.

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Simon Kurzban, a volunteer from Boulder, Colo., recalled seeing "truckloads of bodies, like hundreds."

"When the storm hit, our apartment was flooding. The rain was coming, the winds were crazy and it was getting cold," survivor Rebecca Guy said.

There are still communities that have been unreachable. The United Nations says it could be another day before search and rescue teams make it to the remotest areas cut off by the storm.

U.S. Marines are among those bringing in supplies. The United States has pledged $20 million in immediate aid and is sending the aircraft carrier USS George Washington.

The help can't come quickly enough for doctors lacking the most basic resources to save lives.

"We have no water here and then we are just doing all the resources, like collecting rain water just for the use on emergency cases, so we really need water," Maria Ngojo, a medical technician at Bogo District Hospital said.

Survivors say they can't hang on much longer.

"We can survive without this houses. We can survive anywhere, sleep anywhere. But we need food," one person said.

Today the United Nations appealed for more than $300 million for emergency assistance for the Philippines. Military planes have been evacuating survivors from hard-hit Tacloban to Manila. But thousands are left behind, waiting for relief.

"We are so hungry and thirsty," one storm survivor said. "That's why we are here."

Meanwhile, CBN Disaster Relief is working to clear roads so government and humanitarian groups can bring in desperately needed supplies. CBN is also shipping water purification devices that will disinfect more than half a million gallons a day.

They also have medical workers on the ground. Many of those injured in Tacloban are fighting for their lives at a makeshift hospital at the airport. For many, medical help is needed immediately.

"This is my dad's only chance for life…but he needs dialysis, and he's been off now for two days. He is in critical condition. So if the world is out there, send help because these people need it," one storm survivor said.

The typhoon these people survived may be the strongest ever recorded. Newly released video shows its deadly force as it pushed water inland, destroying lives and communities.

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