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TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) -- Police say they've restored order in the Philippine city that was nearly wiped out by last week's typhoon. But the Tacloban's mayor is quoted as calling on residents to flee the city, saying local authorities were having trouble providing food and water and maintaining order. According to The New York Times, the mayor said the city desperately needs trucks to distribute relief shipments that have been accumulating at the airport. He says there's also a need for equipment to remove decaying corpses from the rubble.
A run-down, single-story building at the ruined airport in the Philippine city of Tacloban has become the area's main medical center for victims of last week's powerful typhoon.
Hundreds of injured people, along with pregnant women, children and the elderly, have poured into the building since the typhoon struck on Friday.
The facility doesn't have much medicine. The few doctors who are there have so far been dealing with cuts, fractures and pregnancy complications. They say they soon expect to see more serious problems, including pneumonia and dehydration.
A massive international aid effort is starting to take shape, but not quickly enough for the 600,000 people who've been displaced -- many of them homeless, hungry and thirsty.
With the airport battered and roads made impassable by debris, very little aid has arrived in Tacloban. Most of it is stuck in Manila and in Cebu, a 45-minute flight away.