Typhoon Haiyan's Death Toll Could Top 10,000

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The death toll in the Philippines is climbing, with the government now saying Typhoon Haiyan killed more than 3,600 people in the central Philippines.
 
Some officials are still projecting that it will top 10,000 once the missing are declared dead and the remote areas are counted. Currently, the latest report from Philippines officials says the death toll sits at 3,631.
   
Meanwhile, many survivors are still desperate and waiting for basic supplies.
 
"We have no food, no water, no lights, no fuel," one typhoon survivor said.
 
Across the region, however, observers agree that the pace of aid is finally picking up.

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CBN News Sr. International Correspondent George Thomas is on the ground in the Philippines. He spoke with us by phone about what he is seeing and what people need the most at this time.

 
Last week's super-typhoon first made landfall in the town of Guiuan, which has been cut off since the storm. But now the Philippines air force is dropping supplies to villagers.
   
Gasoline is now available on a limited basis. And communication with the outside world is beginning. One group of people lined up to use a free telephone to call distant family.
 
"We are calling our family from their country because they are not aware of what is happening to us," Guiuan resident Jean Sabarillo said.
   
Meanwhile in Manila, Philippines President Benigno Aquino III is defending the government's relief efforts. He visited a repackaging center for relief goods and urged Filipinos to volunteer.
 
"We need to help lift up our countrymen so they will have the capability to take care of themselves," he said.
   
In Tacloban, many are still surviving in a chaotic environment. Some have found shelter in an astrodome, but it's a situation filled with grime and filth.
   
Philippines Interior Secretary Mar Roxas acknowledged the challenge.
 
"In a situation like this nothing is fast enough. The need is massive; the need is immediate," Roxas said.
  
CBN Disaster Relief is on the ground in some of the hardest hit areas, working with the military to distribute relief goods - including water purification devices to disinfect thousands of gallons each day, along with medicine, food, blankets and more.
    
It's a sign of hope in a country where half a million people still need a home and lots of help.

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