Rice, Water Distributed in Typhoon-Struck City

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) -- It's Thursday in the Philippines where there are signs that the pace of aid efforts is beginning to pick up.
In the typhoon-devastated city of Tacloban, soldiers have been distributing rice and water from atop trucks, while teams with chainsaws are clearing debris from blocked roads.
C-130 transport planes began arriving at 3 a.m. at Tacloban airport, the first nighttime flight since the typhoon struck on Friday, suggesting air control systems are now in place for an around the clock relief operation. Food, water and medical supplies from the U.S., Malaysia and Singapore are being unloaded.
Thousands have flocked to the airport in hopes of fleeing the disaster zone. While the cogs of the international aid effort are beginning to turn, it is still not quick enough for the 600,000 people displaced by the typhoon, many of them homeless, hungry and thirsty.
Some desperate survivors have resorted to raiding for food, but police say the situation is improving.
The official death toll stands at 2,357, but that's expected to rise as accurate information is collected from the whole disaster zone.

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