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Philippines struggles to help desperate typhoon victims

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Philippines rescue workers struggled to bring aid to famished and destitute survivors after a super typhoon that may have killed more than 10,000 people,in what is feared to be the country's worst natural disaster. (AP)

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Relief teams appeared overwhelmed in their efforts to help those whose homes and livelihoods were destroyed by Haiyan,which sent tsunami-like waves and merciless winds rampaging across large swathes of the archipelago on Friday.(AP)

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New-born baby Bea Joy is held as mother Emily Ortega,21,rests after giving birth at an improvised clinic at Tacloban airport on Monday in Tacloban city,Leyte province in central Philippines. Bea Joy was named after her grandmother Beatrice,who was missing following the onslaught of typhoon Haiyan. Ortega was in an evacuation center when the storm surge hit and flooded the city. She had to swim to survive before finding safety at the airport. (AP)

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Hundreds of Filipino police and soldiers were deployed to contain looters in Tacloban,the devastated provincial capital of Leyte,with gangs stealing consumer goods such as televisions. (AP)

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A long snake-like queue formed in Tacloban's flattened airport as tired and hungry survivors,some who had trudged through mud and debris for several kilometres,sought the basic essentials for survival. (AP)

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"We want water and medicines for the injured. So if you can organise it,please,for us,don't let anybody come here who will just watch us and see us suffer,because we don't want that," Joan Lumbre Wilson said. (AP)

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Authorities were struggling to cope with the sheer numbers seeking help. (AP)

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"They're trying to drive us away again,back to our places,where it's too far,and then do it again tomorrow (walk to reach the compound),and it's not fair on us," Joan Lumbre Wilson said. (AP)

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"We're already tired,emotionally drained,physically exhausted," said Joan Lumbre Wilson. (AP)

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Witnesses yesterday reported seeing looting and violence with President Benigno Aquino admitting it was a major concern. (AP)

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Military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala told AFP today 100 soldiers had been sent to help police restore law and order in Tacloban. (AP)

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Threatening to further hamper relief efforts was a tropical depression approaching the southern and central Philippines. (AP)

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Government weather forecasters said the depression could bring fresh floods to typhoon-affected areas. (AP)

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The depression is expected to hit land on the southern island of Mindanao late tomorrow and then move across the central islands of Bohol,Cebu,Negros and Panay,which all suffered typhoon damage,forecaster Connie Dadivas said. (AP)

Haiyan

The United States has dispatched a team of about 80 marines to carry out humanitarian relief operations in the Philippines in the wake of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan that has killed more than 10,000 people. (AP)

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The United States stands ready to provide more assistance,President Barack Obama said in a statement. (AP)

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"Michelle (Obama) and I are deeply saddened by the loss of life and extensive damage done by Super Typhoon Yolanda. But I know the incredible resiliency of the Philippine people,and I am confident that the spirit of Bayanihan will see you through this tragedy," Obama said. (AP)

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"The United States is already providing significant humanitarian assistance,and we stand ready to further assist the government's relief and recovery efforts. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the millions of people affected by this devastating storm," Obama said. (AP)

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The Pentagon said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed the US Pacific Command to support US government humanitarian relief operations in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. (AP)

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In coordination with the US Agency for International Development and the US ambassador in Manila,the Department of Defense will continue to monitor the effects of Typhoon Haiyan and stands ready to help our ally recover from the storm,the Pentagon said. (AP)