War Zone: Philippines Desperate in Haiyan's Wake

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As many as 10,000 people are feared dead in the Philippines where the government says 2 million or more have been affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Entire cities were leveled by the storm.

"We don't have food," one young mother with a baby said. "We don't have anything. We don't have houses."

Survivors say some areas look like war zones, with corpses in trees and along sidewalks.

In Tacloban, located on the Philippines' eastern seaboard, a 20-foot wave left the city in ruins, with bodies lying uncollected in the streets.

Many who survived the storm, which could be the strongest to ever make landfall in modern times, are now without food, drinking water, or shelter.

"We are so very hungry and thirsty," one victim waiting for aid said. "That's why we are here. If you have water or food, maybe you can give it to us."

CBN Disaster Relief teams are on the ground in some of the hardest hit areas, distributing relief goods to victims.

"We have lots of water which is really badly needed in those areas," CBN News Correspondent Lucille Talusan in the Philippines said.

"We have canned goods, sardines, rice, we have tents and mats and blankets," she continued. "We also have stuffed toys because hundreds of thousands of children were traumatized during the typhoon.

A team of 90 U.S. Marines are helping in the search and rescue efforts. CBN also coordinated with the military, giving them relief goods for areas that have been cut off from the rest of the country.

"People have not eaten for days, so we're sending now mats, blankets, medicines, food rice, all the essential things they need to survive," Peter Kairuz, president and CEO of CBN Asia/Philippines, said. "And we are assembling a group of doctors here to help in the disaster area."

And as if the Filipino people haven't suffered enough already, there is another typhoon on its way to the disaster zone.

Haiyan affected millions of people when it barreled through the central Philippines Friday.

Winds up to 170 miles per hour destroyed much of the infrastructure and communication lines, making the relief effort that much harder for this island nation.

Meanwhile, Typhoon Haiyan slammed into northern Vietnam Monday. Nearly 600,000 people were evacuated.

Haiyan has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but experts say it's still very powerful.
    

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