Aid workers and military support from across the globe are pouring into the Philippines, including the USS George Washington and its naval group. But relief efforts are still stymied by bottlenecks at the few damaged airports and ports in the hardest-hit areas and the poor roads and other infrastructure in the country.
A full-scale relief effort has been slow to emerge in Tacloban, a Philippine city ripped to shreds by last week's typhoon. BBC reporter Jonathan Head describes a growing sense of panic and fear, but also the the first signs that aid is finally ramping up and on the move.
Medical supplies and food and water are trickling in via some military helicopters. But many of the devastated areas are so isolated that they've been difficult to reach. The roads are still blocked by fallen trees and homes, and littered with dead bodies.
It's the worst typhoon ever recorded to hit the Philippines, and possibly to make landfall anywhere. Thousands are dead and hundreds of thousands displaced. International relief efforts have begun, but some areas remain inaccessible.
What’s a bunch of trees worth? Well, if they save your town from the storm surge of a huge typhoon, you might say they’re invaluable. That’s what happened to the community of General MacArthur, in the Philippines, and its fate holds a lesson for coastal communities around the world.
Months after the typhoon that devastated Tacloban in the Philippines, many people are still missing. An American team of trainers and their dogs are helping sniff out human remains — even those underwater — to help the survivors move on after the tragic storm.
Climate change-related disasters have the potential to disrupt access to caregivers, assistive devices and medical supplies, which many people with a physical disability depend on, says Alex Ghenis of the Berkeley, California-based World Institute on Disability.