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UN Relief Official Says More Aid is Needed After Typhoon

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The U.N.'s humanitarian chief is appealing for $300 million to help the more than 11 million people in the Philippines estimated to have been affected by last week's typhoon.
 
Valerie Amos, speaking in Manila, said U.N. teams haven't been able to get into remote communities. And she says even in the devastated city of Tacloban, the U.N. hasn't been able to bring in the amount of supplies that are needed, because of the debris there and logistical problems.
 
But a spokesman for the president of the Philippines says relief goods are now getting into the city, and that the supply should increase now that the airport and a bridge to the island of Leyte are open.
 
Still, residents of Tacloban are getting desperate. One 81-year-old woman, her clothes soaked from a pouring rain, said, "We need help. Nothing is happening." She said, "We haven't eaten since yesterday afternoon." She was among the people who failed to get a flight out of tacloban for Manila.
 
Pallets of supplies and teams of doctors have been waiting to get into Tacloban, a city of about 220,000 that bore the full force of the winds and the storm surges Friday. Most of the city is in ruins. 
 
The official death toll has risen to 1,774, but authorities have said they expect the number to go much higher. The State Department reports two Americans were killed in the storm.

Meanwhile, doctors in Tacloban say they are desperate for medicine. 
 
At a small makeshift clinic with shattered windows, army and air force medics say they've treated around 1,000 people for cuts, bruises, lacerations and deep wounds. They say they can't give any more tetanus shots, because they're out of the vaccine. 

About 330,000 people remain displaced and are staying in 1,200 shelters. 
 
A team from Doctors Without Borders says it hasn't been able to reach Tacloban with medical supplies because the airport is only being used by the Philippine military. 
 
Many residents in the devastated city spent the night under pouring rain -- either in the ruins of their homes or in the open along roadsides and damaged trees.

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.

If you'd like to make a donation, you can call the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS. The agency says many people have contacted that country's Red Cross to let others know they are ok, so our local chapter may have that information. Call 775-856-1000 for that information.

(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)

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