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As many as 10,000 people believed to be dead.  The crisis in the Philippines is far from over. With dead bodies reportedly still lying alongside the roads of their destroyed city, residents of Tacloban are desperate for basic aid—food, water, shelter—all of which has been slow to arrive.

“I am a decent person. But if you have not eaten in three days, you do shameful things to survive,” he told Agence France-Presse while digging out canned goods. “This typhoon has stripped us of our dignity … but I still have my family and I am thankful for that.”

“Though two Air Force planes arrived at Tacloban’s wrecked airport this morning, the planes could only carry a few hundred of the more the more than 3,000 people hoping to escape the city’s devastation, where corpses still litter the ground.”

“I was pleading with the soldiers. I was kneeling and begging,” one survivor said. “Do they want me to die in this airport? They are stone-hearted.”

“I don’t believe there is a single structure that is not destroyed or severly damaged in some way - every single building, every single single house,” U.S. Marine Brig. Gen Paul Kennedy said after flying to over Tacloban.

Six trucks of military cadaver collectors have begun to scour the island, but the soldiers are apparently overwhelmed.  “There are bodies everywhere, we do not have enough people to get to them,” said one driver.

These photos will help you grasp the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda:  gawker / buzzfeed

Emergency Support, Food and Water, Shelter, Medical Assistance, Helping Children and Google launched a person finder.  1:organized by type of aid & relief 2: organizations deploying urgent relief 3: Google person finder 4: Tumblr staff list

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PAKISTAN, Dhall Bedi Peerander : A Pakistani earthquake survivor drinks water at his collapsed mud house in the Dhall Bedi Peerander area of the earthquake-devastated district of Awaran on September 27, 2013. Tens of thousands of survivors of Pakistan’s earthquake waited for help in soaring temperatures as the death toll rose to nearly 350 and anger grew at the slow pace of government aid. More than 100,000 people made homeless by a 7.7-magnitude quake spent a second night in the open or under makeshift shelters as response teams struggled to reach the remote region in the southwestern province of Baluchistan. AFP PHOTO / Banaras KHAN