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The Philippines: One Week After Typhoon Haiyan

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It's now one week after Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall, wreaking unprecedented damage and killing thousands. The islands of Leyte and Samar were hardest hit, with entire cities and towns reduced to rubble and debris. The past week was a desperate one for survivors as they struggled to find food, clean water, shelter, and security. Widespread destruction left roads impassable, electricity cut, government services in a shambles, and 600,0000 homeless. International aid is only now starting to arrive in significant amounts, and bodies are still being discovered among the debris. See also this earlier post on In Focus. [41 photos]

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Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan react as a U.S. Marine Corps Osprey aircraft takes off after delivering relief goods in Guiuan, Philippines, on November 14, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the country's eastern seaboard on Friday, destroying tens of thousands of buildings and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan react as a U.S. Marine Corps Osprey aircraft takes off after delivering relief goods in Guiuan, Philippines, on November 14, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the country's eastern seaboard on Friday, destroying tens of thousands of buildings and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Typhoon Haiyan survivors ride motorbikes through the ruins of the destroyed town of Guiuan, Philippines on November 14, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
An aerial view of a demolished house on an island near Eastern Samar Island on November 14, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #
An aerial view shows the destruction left from Typhoon Haiyan in the coastal town of Tanawan, central Philippines, on November 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Wally Santana) #
A super typhoon Haiyan survivor poses with her name displayed on a tablet in Samar province, on November 11, 2013. Photographer John Javellana was asked by several groups of Haiyan survivors to post their photos on social media sites identifying some of those who made it through the storm which swept through the central Philippines so that loved ones know they are alive. (Reuters/John Javellana) #
Residents walk past scenes of devastation in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, on November 13, 2013. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images) #
Covered bodies of typhoon victims are left in front of a damaged house in the village area of Tacloban, on November 13, 2013, five days after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the area. Desperation gripped Philippine islands devastated by Typhoon Haiyan as looting turned deadly on Wednesday and survivors panicked over delays in supplies of food, water and medicine, some digging up underground water pipes and smashing them open. (Reuters/Bobby Yip) #
One of the statues of the team of U.S. General Douglas MacArthur reeanacting his historic landing lies face down in the water after falling at the height of super typhoon Haiyan in Palo, Leyte province, on November 12, 2013. (Reuters/Erik De Castro) #
A man walks past unclaimed bodies on the beach in Tacloban city, on November 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) #
Members of the fire department retrieve bodies from the rubble in Tacloban City, on November 14, 2013. (Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images) #
Dead bodies are lined up at a makeshift morgue in Tacloban, on November 12, 2013 after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines. (Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images) #
Filipino firemen unload body bags at a mass burial site in the typhoon-hit city of Tacloban, on November 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) #
Young volunteers carry a corpse of a victim of Typhoon Haiyan during a mass burial on the outskirts of Tacloban, on November 14, 2013. Scores of decaying bodies were laid in mass graves on November 14 as overwhelmed Philippines authorities grappled with disposal of the dead, while the living begged for help after the typhoon disaster. (Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images) #
Filipino workers arrange body bags at a mass burial site at the Basper public cemetery in Tacloban, on November 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) #
Policemen and volunteers carry body bags to a mass grave for burial in the aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan, on November 14, 2013. (Reuters/Edgar Su) #
A statue stands among the debris of the city's university in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte, on November 14, 2013. An image of this same scene, photographed in 2008, can be viewed here. (Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images) #
A young girl walks her brother to the Tacloban City Convention Center known as the Astrodome, on November 14, 2013, where hundreds of displaced typhoon survivors have set up makeshift shelters throughout the complex's once bustling shops and popular basketball court. For the thousands of people jamming the Tacloban City Astrodome, the great halls with a solid roof was a heaven-sent refuge when Typhoon Haiyan rammed eastern Philippines. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) #
A woman helps her daughter dry herself after she took a bath inside the Tacloban City Convention Centre, also known as the "Astrodome", where she and her family are temporarily staying, on November 14, 2013. (Reuters/Bobby Yip) #
A wrecked van lies amid felled trees in Tacloban City on November 14, 2013 in Tacloban. Countries all over the world have pledged relief aid to help support those affected by the typhoon however damage to the airport and roads have made moving the aid into the most affected areas very difficult. With dead bodies left out in the open air and very limited food, water and shelter, health concerns are growing. (Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images) #
An aerial photo shows oil spilled around a government-owned National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) power barge after it ran aground when super typhoon Haiyan hit Estancia town, north of Iloilo, central Philippines, on November 14, 2013. (Reuters/Leo Solinap) #
An oil spill, resulting from of a government-owned National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) power barge running aground when super typhoon Haiyan hit Estancia town, on November 14, 2013. (Reuters/Leo Solinap) #
U.S. troops drop relief supplies for typhoon survivors in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on November 14, 2013 in Tacloban. (Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images) #
Survivors wait for aid and relief from the Philippines military along the coast affected by Typhoon Haiyan, on November 14, 2013 in Hernani, eastern Samar, central Philippines. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) #
A typhoon victim cries as she boards a Philippines C130 army cargo plane, as she and others are evacuated at Tacloban airport, on November 14, 2013. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images) #
The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) sits off the coast of the Philippines in a July 1, 2012 photo. The USNS Mercy was activated November 13, 2013 to be ready to support disaster relief efforts in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. (Reuters/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Feddersen/U.S. Navy) #
A woman is evacuated from the airport in Tacloban, on November 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) #
A woman washes amid scenes of devastation in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on November 13, 2013 in Tacloban. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images) #
Typhoon Haiyan survivors walk through the ruins of their neighborhood on the outskirts of Tacloban, on November 13, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
Typhoon Haiyan survivors wait on a roadside in the destroyed town of Guiuan, Philippines, on November 14, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
An aerial view of a boat washed up ashore on the demolished coastal town of Eastern Samar Island on November 14, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #
A woman rests on a roadside with her family's belongings near the typhoon-ravaged town of Tacloban, on November 13, 2013. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
A girl waits to board a rescue flight at the Tacloban Airport, on November 14, 2013. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #
Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan react as a U.S. Marine Corps Osprey aircraft prepares to land to deliver relief goods in Guiuan, Philippines, on November 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara) #
A young Filipino girl smiles as she and her brother receive their first bag of food aid at a center in Tacloban in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on November 14, 2013. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images) #
Ships lie next to destroyed houses after being swept ashore at the height of Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city, on November 14, 2013. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images) #
An aerial view of a demolished coastal town on Eastern Samar Island on November 14, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #
Survivors build temporary shelter in typhoon-ravaged Tacloban city, on November 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) #
A boy holds a rooster as he and his family members who are affected by Typhoon Haiyan wait for his bus to leave the city in Tacloban, on November 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara) #
Typhoon-damaged fuel tanks along the coast in Tanawan, central Philippines, on November 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Wally Santana) #
A man takes a shower amid rubble in an area badly affected by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, on November 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara) #
A homemade casket sits on the side of the road as curfew approaches on November 14, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan which ripped through Philippines last week has been described as one of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images) #

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