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Relief is Slow to Arrive in the Philippines

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The official death toll stands at 942, but authorities in the Philippines estimate 10,000 or more were killed by the typhoon that struck three days ago. 
 
The scene is a gruesome one in the city of Tacloban, where bloated bodies still lie uncollected and uncounted in the streets. 

Meanwhile, survivors are pleading for food, water and medicine, and the relief effort has barely begun. Soldiers have begun distributing relief supplies, while assessment teams from the United Nations and other international agencies appeared for the first time today.
 
Desperate survivors have stripped malls, shops and homes of food, water and consumer goods.  Officials say looters have also taken non-essential items such as TVs, refrigerators, Christmas trees and a treadmill. 
 
Police and soldiers have been patrolling the downtown area of Tacloban to guard against further chaos.
 
Meanwhile, Filipino expatriates around the United States are scrambling to find relatives after the devastating typhoon that obliterated the city of Tacloban.
 
The expat community is also raising funds and gathering supplies to send to the stricken island nation.
 
News of the storm hit especially hard in Southern California. Los Angeles is home to the largest population of Filipinos outside the Philippines, with close to 1 million expats in the metropolitan area.
 
Armi Go, a 59-year-old sales clerk in Los Angeles, says no one has heard from her 81-year-old mother, brother and sister since the storm hit Friday.
 
In Jersey City, N.J., 64-year-old Adelia Ramos finally reached her relatives Sunday night after days of trying. They're fine but had to walk seven hours to safety, stepping over dead bodies along the way.
 
And - scientists say nature and man together cooked up the disaster that has devastated parts of the Philippines.
 
Typhoon Haiyan smacked the island nation with fierce winds and a deadly storm surge. The Philippines sit in the middle of the world's most storm-prone region, which gets some of the biggest typhoons because of vast expanses of warm water that act as fuel.
 
But meteorologists say humans played a big role in this disaster -- probably bigger than nature's.
 
Factors in the unfolding tragedy include poverty and a tremendous growth in population, much of it in vulnerable coastal areas with poor construction. (AP)

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