Relief efforts in the city for victims of a typhoon in the Philippines are just getting underway, while nonprofits like Team Rubicon and Catholic Relief Services are already on the ground in the Philippines. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.
Typhoon Haiyan leveled communities and killed thousands of people.
Bodies litter streets, the injured overwhelm hospitals, and survivors are desperate for food and water.
Some put a public well to use, unsure if it's contaminated.
"We still drink from it because we need to survive," said one victim.
Tacloban is just one of the Filipino cities facing a humanitarian crisis. The U.S. Marines flew over the coastal area Monday, saying that Friday's storm destroyed or damaged every single building in the coastal city.
The team hit the ground at the airport to make delivering relief supplies a 24-hour operation.
"This runway that you see, which can only be used today during daylight hours, we'll have it available by tomorrow with lights strong enough along it, we'll have radars up, so we can deconflict, make sure there's no problems with airspace," said Brigadier General Paul Kennedy of the U.S. Marine Corps.
An organized effort is needed, especially in more rural areas. There are thousands of islands.
The Filipino military continues to race to remote areas to evacuate people waiting days for medical attention.
C-130s fly survivors into an airfield in Cebu, many of them still in shock.
"A lot of our people are dead. Our friends are dead. Some of our family members are dead," said one victim. "So it's really devastating."
The real work is just beginning across the country, as volunteers sort through rice, noodles and canned goods.
"Water is desperately needed. Food is desperately needed. Shelter is desperately needed," said Josh Lockwood, the regional CEO of the American Red Cross Greater New York.
In New York, the American Red Cross needs more volunteers to help family members here find loved ones in the Philippines.
"Once you start helping people, it's the kind of thing you want to do all the time," said Jim Freeman, a volunteer with the American Red Cross.
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