Desperate Filipino residents wait for flights out of typhoon-hit city
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 00:53
Nov. 12 - Anxious residents wait for flights to get out of Tacloban city which bore the brunt of Super Typhoon Haiyan that could have killed an estimated 10,000 people in the coastal city alone. Rough Cut (No Reporter Narration).
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STORY: Hundreds of residents crowded the heavily-damaged Tacloban airport on Tuesday (November 12) hoping to get a flight out of the devastated city.
Inside the terminal building, the elderly sat patiently along with mostly women and children as they waited for flights on board a Philippine military plane that will take them to the capital Manila.
Priority is given to the sick, infants and elderly.
Many of the residents say they don't mind the long wait, which could take days.
Tacloban, a once-vibrant port city of 220,000 is now a corpse-choked wasteland without any sign of a government, as city and hospital workers focus on saving their families and securing food.
Philippine officials have been overwhelmed by Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest on record, which tore through the central Philippines on Friday (November 8) and flattened Tacloban, coastal capital of Leyte province where officials fear 10,000 people died, many drowning in a tsunami-like wall of seawater.
About 660,000 people have been displaced and many have no access to food, water or medicine, the United Nations said.
Tacloban's government was wiped out by the storm, said Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas. Officials were dead, missing or too overcome with grief to work. Of the city's 293 policemen, only 20 had shown up for duty, he said.
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