TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) - 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.
Soldiers have begun distributing relief supplies, while assessment teams from the United Nations and other international agencies appeared for the first time today.
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International aid is being deployed to the Philippines after it was struck by Typhoon Haiyan.
UNICEF, the Red Cross, and the United Nations World Food Program are just some of the organizations mounting a major relief effort to help victims.
The ferocious typhoon packed wind gusts reaching 170 miles per hour. Storm surges reached 20 feet causing widespread devastation and a number of survivors are left pleading for help.
President Obama says the united states is providing significant humanitarian assistance and is prepared to further assist relief and recovery efforts.
Typhoon Haiyan is far from over as the weather system has made landfall in Vietnam with sustained winds which have been clocked at 74 miles per hour.
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A weakened Typhoon Haiyan headed for Vietnam after leaving central Philippines as possibly the deadliest natural disaster on record there.
In one town alone, officials say there could be as many as 10,000 people dead. In another, at least 300 people are confirmed dead as rescue efforts swing into high gear. Some areas remain unreachable and the damage is reported to be devastating.
The storm left corpses hanging from tree branches, scattered along sidewalks and among flattened buildings. In its aftermath, looters have raided grocery stores and gas stations in search of food, fuel and water.
The storm surge created a 20-foot wall of water and some areas still have not been reached because they are cut off by flooding and landslides.
It's expected to take days to assess the storm's full impact but the nation's interior secretary says "all systems, all vestiges of modern living - communications, power, water - all are down."