TACLOBAN, Philippines -- Desperately needed food, water and medical aid are only trickling into this city that took the worst blow from Typhoon Haiyan, while thousands of victims jammed the damaged airport Tuesday, seeking to be evacuated.

"We need help. Nothing is happening. We haven't eaten since yesterday afternoon,'' pleaded a weeping Aristone Balute, an 81-year-old woman who failed to get a flight out of Tacloban for Manila, the capital. Her clothes were soaked from a pouring rain and tears streamed down her face.

Five days after what could be the Philippines' deadliest disaster, aid is coming -- pallets of supplies and teams of doctors are waiting to get into Tacloban -- but the challenges of delivering the assistance means few in the stricken city have received help.

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  • An aerial photo shows residential and commercial establishments devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban in the province of Leyte on November 16, 2013. The first food and medical aid began reaching isolated towns devastated by the typhoon that killed thousands in the Philippines, as humanitarian groups warned of huge challenges in accessing hundreds of small island communities. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH AGCAOILI

  • An aerial photo taken on November 16, 2013 shows shows the damage to residential and commercial establishmentswreaked by the typhoon in Tacloban City, province of Leyte, Philippines. Mayor Romualdez said the people of Tacloban needed an 'overwhelming response' from aid organisations and the government. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH AGCAOILI

  • An aerial photo shows residential and commercial establishments devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban in the province of Leyte on November 16, 2013. The first food and medical aid began reaching isolated towns devastated by the typhoon that killed thousands in the Philippines, as humanitarian groups warned of huge challenges in accessing hundreds of small island communities. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH AGCAOILI

  • An aerial photo shows residential and commercial establishments devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban in the province of Leyte on November 16, 2013. The first food and medical aid began reaching isolated towns devastated by the typhoon that killed thousands in the Philippines, as humanitarian groups warned of huge challenges in accessing hundreds of small island communities. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH AGCAOILI

  • An aerial photo shows the convention centre damaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban in the province of Leyte on November 16, 2013. The first food and medical aid began reaching isolated towns devastated by the typhoon that killed thousands in the Philippines, as humanitarian groups warned of huge challenges in accessing hundreds of small island communities. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH AGCAOILI

  • An aerial photo shows residential and commercial establishments devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban in the province of Leyte on November 16, 2013. The first food and medical aid began reaching isolated towns devastated by the typhoon that killed thousands in the Philippines, as humanitarian groups warned of huge challenges in accessing hundreds of small island communities. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH AGCAOILI

  • An aerial photo shows residential and commercial establishments devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban in the province of Leyte on November 16, 2013. The first food and medical aid began reaching isolated towns devastated by the typhoon that killed thousands in the Philippines, as humanitarian groups warned of huge challenges in accessing hundreds of small island communities. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH AGCAOILI

  • An aerial photo shows an area devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban in the province of Leyte on November 16, 2013. The first food and medical aid began reaching isolated towns devastated by the typhoon that killed thousands in the Philippines, as humanitarian groups warned of huge challenges in accessing hundreds of small island communities. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH AGCAOILI

  • An aerial photo shows an area devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban in the province of Leyte on November 16, 2013. The first food and medical aid began reaching isolated towns devastated by the typhoon that killed thousands in the Philippines, as humanitarian groups warned of huge challenges in accessing hundreds of small island communities. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH AGCAOILI

  • Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan fix their homes, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the country's eastern seaboard Nov. 8, leaving a wide swath of destruction.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

  • People walk past the bodies of victims of Typhoon Haiyan, placed along a street more than a week after the typhoon hit, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 in Tacloban, central Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the country's eastern seaboard Nov. 8, leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

  • A lone person walks through a devastated landscape caused by Typhoon Haiyan seen from a U.S. Osprey plane delivering aid to isolated areas while passing over Guiuan, central Philippines, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the country's eastern seaboard on Nov. 8, destroying tens of thousands of buildings and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • Trapped residents carry relief supplies unloaded by a US Navy Sea Hawk helicopter from the US aircraft carrier USS George Washington for villagers isolated by last week's super typhoon Haiyan Saturday Nov.16, 2013 on Manicani island, Eastern Samar province in central Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, according to U.S. Navy's Joint Warning Center, slammed into central Philippine provinces over a week earlier leaving a wide swath of destruction and thousands of people dead.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Typhoon Haiyan survivors do their washing with water spraying from pipes in the rubble in Tacloban on Saturday Nov. 16, 2013. One week after Typhoon Haiyan razed the eastern part of the Philippines, leaving 600,000 homeless, survivors have begun rebuilding, with or without help from their government or foreign aid groups. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

  • A Typhoon Haiyan survivor walks past a dead body, wrapped in plastic Christmas theme wrapping in Tacloban on Saturday Nov. 16, 2013. One week after Typhoon Haiyan razed the eastern part of the Philippines, leaving 600,000 homeless, survivors have begun rebuilding, with or without help from their government or foreign aid groups. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

  • A Typhoon Haiyan survivor passes by a damaged statue of Jesus Christ in the rubble in Tacloban on Saturday Nov. 16, 2013. One week after Typhoon Haiyan razed the eastern part of the Philippines, leaving 600,000 homeless, survivors have begun rebuilding, with or without help from their government or foreign aid groups. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

  • Typhoon Haiyan survivors play inside a stadium being used as a refugee shelter in Tacloban on Saturday Nov. 16, 2013. One week after Typhoon Haiyan razed the eastern part of the Philippines, leaving 600,000 homeless, survivors have begun rebuilding, with or without help from their government or foreign aid groups. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

  • Typhoon Haiyan survivors walk through the ruins of their neighborhood on the outskirts of Tacloban, central Philippines on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 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/David Guttenfelder)

  • A broken clock shows the time when it stopped inside a house damaged by a typhoon in Tacloban, central Philippines, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction . (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

  • A dog takes a bite on an empty canned food as it searches for food in typhoon-hit Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

  • Typhoon Haiyan survivors pass by body bags lined up on the roadside in Tacloban, central Philippines on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 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 killing thousands. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

  • Filipino workers carry a wooden coffin as they collect bodies along a street in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

  • A survivor walks near a dead pig in typhoon ravaged Tacloban city, central Philippines on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into central Philippine provinces Friday, leaving a wide swath of destruction and thousands of people dead. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • A survivor rebuilds his house in typhoon ravaged Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into central Philippine provinces Friday, leaving a wide swath of destruction and thousands of people dead.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • A man walks past a boat swept ashore by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Five days after Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest tropical storms on record, leveled tens of thousands of houses in the central Philippines. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

  • A survivors take a rest in typhoon ravaged Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into central Philippine provinces Friday, leaving a wide swath of destruction and thousands of people dead. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • A woman pauses near a truck that was swept away by a typhoon in Tacloban, Philippines, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

  • Filipinos walk inside a mall that has been flooded and allegedly looted following a Typhoon in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

  • A Filipino man walks inside a mall that has been flooded and allegedly looted after Typhoon Hayian hit Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction. "Yolanda" painted on a car is the local name for Haiyan. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

  • Land is flooded from overnight rain as soldiers make their way around the airport in Tacloban at dusk, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

  • Filipino workers collect dead bodies along a street at typhoon-hit Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

  • Filipino workers collect dead bodies in typhoon-hit Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

  • Typhoon survivors queue up at the Tacloban city airport hoping to be able to board U.S. and Philippine military transport planes Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, in Leyte province, central Philippines. Five days after one of the strongest tropical storms on record leveled tens of thousands of houses in the central Philippines, relief operations were only starting to pick up pace, with two more airports in the region reopening, allowing for more aid flights. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Filipino survivors stand inside a mall that was allegedly looted after Typhoon Hayian-hit Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

  • Typhoon survivors queue up at Tacloban city airport hoping to be able to board U.S. and Philippine military transport planes Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, in Tacloban city, Leyte province in central Philippines. Five days after one of the strongest tropical storms on record leveled tens of thousands of houses in the central Philippines, relief operations were only starting to pick up pace, with two more airports in the region reopening, allowing for more aid flights. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • An employee of the German Red Cross loads donations for the victims of the typhoon at the Philippines in front of a cargo airplane at the Schoenefeld Airport in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • A Philippines rescue team wades into floodwaters to retrieve a body in the Typhoon Haiyan ravaged city of Tacloban, central Phillipines on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 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 killing thousands. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

  • Firemen carry the newly recovered body of a victim of Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, central Philippines, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday, leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

  • Firemen carry the newly recovered body of a victim of Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday, leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

  • People cover their noses from the stench of dead bodies in an area affected by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday, leaving a wide swath of destruction and thousands of people dead. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

  • Members of a Philippines rescue team carry corpses in body bags as they search for the dead in the Typhoon Haiyan ravaged city of Tacloban, central Philippines on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 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 killing thousands. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

  • An aerial view shows signs for help and food amid the destruction left from Typhoon Haiyan in the coastal town of Tanawan, central Philippines, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction and thousands of people dead. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

  • A man takes a shower amid rubble in an area badly affected by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, central Philippines, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday, leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

  • A Filipino man walks among debris from damaged homes at typhoon-hit Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

  • Typhoon Haiyan survivors pass by on a scooter as two U.S. Osprey aircraft fly over the ruins of Tacloban, central Philippines on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 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/David Guttenfelder)

  • In this aerial photo taken on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, and released by the Philippine Air Force, a ferry boat is seen washed inland from a massive storm surge caused by Typhoon Haiyan, in the city of Tacloban, central Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction and thousands of people dead. (AP Photo/Philippines Air Force)

  • A survivor from Tacloban, which was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan gestures while sitting on the ground after disembarking a Philippine Air Force C-130 aircraft at the Villamor Airbase, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Manila, Philippines. Authorities said at least 9.7 million people in 41 provinces were affected by the typhoon, known as Haiyan elsewhere in Asia but called Yolanda in the Philippines. It was likely the deadliest natural disaster to beset this poor Southeast Asian nation. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • Filipino military personnel stand by a building damaged by typhoon Haiyan at the airport in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte on November 12, 2013 after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines. The typhoon that destroyed entire towns across the Philippines is believed to have killed more than 10,000 people, which would make it the country's deadliest recorded natural disaster. AFP PHOTO/Philippe Lopez

  • Two typhoon victims walk a road surrounded by a devastated land outside the airport in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte on November 12, 2013 after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines. The typhoon that destroyed entire towns across the Philippines is believed to have killed more than 10,000 people, which would make it the country's deadliest recorded natural disaster. AFP PHOTO/Philippe Lopez

  • Typhoon survivors jostle to get a chance to board a C-130 military transport plane Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Tacloban, central Philippines. Thousands of typhoon survivors swarmed the airport on Tuesday seeking a flight out, but only a few hundred made it, leaving behind a shattered, rain-lashed city short of food and water and littered with countless bodies. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 12: Members of the Philippine National Police work next to body bags containing victims of Typhoon Haiyan on November 12, 2013 near Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph), slammed into the southern Philippines and left a trail of destruction in multiple provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and making travel by air and land to hard-hit provinces difficult. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)

"There is a huge amount that we need to do. We have not been able to get into the remote communities,'' U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said in Manila, launching an appeal for $301 million to help the more than 11 million people estimated to be affected by the storm.

"Even in Tacloban, because of the debris and the difficulties with logistics and so on, we have not been able to get in the level of supply that we would want to. We are going to do as much as we can to bring in more,'' she said. Her office said she planned to visit the city.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said relief goods were getting into the city, and the supply should increase now that the airport and a bridge to the island were open.

"We are not going to leave one person behind -- one living person behind,'' he said. "We will help, no matter how difficult, no matter how inaccessible.''

Tacloban, a city of about 220,000 people on Leyte island, bore the full force of the winds and the tsunami-like storm surges Friday. Most of the city is in ruins, a tangled mess of destroyed houses, cars and trees. Malls, garages and shops have all been stripped of food and water by hungry residents.

The loss of life appears to be concentrated in Tacloban and surrounding areas, including a portion of Samar island that is separated from Leyte island by a strait. It is possible that other devastated areas are so isolated they have not yet been reached.

In Cebu, to the southwest, the Philippine air force has been sending three C-130s back and forth to Tacloban from dawn to dusk, and had delivered 400,000 pounds of relief supplies, Lt. Col. Marciano Jesus Guevara said. A lack of electricity in Tacloban means planes can't land there at night.

Guevara said the C-130s have transported nearly 3,000 civilians out of the disaster zone, and that the biggest problem in Tacloban is a lack of clean drinking water.

"Water is life,'' he said. "If you have water with no food, you'll survive.''

A team from Medecins Sans Frontieres, complete with medical supplies, arrived in Cebu island Saturday looking for a flight to Tacloban, but hadn't left by Tuesday. A spokesman for the group said it was "difficult to tell'' when it would be able to leave.

"We are in contact with the authorities, but the (Tacloban) airport is only for the Philippines military use,'' Lee Pik Kwan said in a telephone interview.

An Associated Press reporter drove through Tacloban for about 7 kilometres (4 miles) and saw more than 40 bodies. There was no evidence of any organized delivery of food, water or medical supplies, though piles of aid have begun to arrive at the airport. Some people lined up to get water from a hose, presumably from the city supply.

Doctors in Tacloban said they were desperate for medicine. At small makeshift clinic with shattered windows beside the city's ruined airport tower, army and air force medics said they had treated around 1,000 people for cuts, bruises, lacerations and deep wounds.

"It's overwhelming,'' said air force Capt. Antonio Tamayo. "We need more medicine. We cannot give anti-tetanus vaccine shots because we have none.''

The longer survivors go without access to clean water, food, shelter and medical help, the greater chance of disease breaking out and people dying as a result of wounds sustained in the storm.

Thousands of typhoon victims were trying to get out of Tacloban. They camped at the airport and ran onto the tarmac when planes came in, surging past a broken iron fence and a few soldiers and police trying to control them. Most didn't make it aboard the military flights out of the city.

The official death toll from the disaster rose to 1,774 on Tuesday, though authorities have said they expect that to rise markedly. They fear estimates of 10,000 dead are accurate and might be low.

The dead, decomposing and stinking, litter the streets or are buried in the debris.

There is also growing concern about recovering corpses from throughout the disaster zone. ``It really breaks your heart when you see them,'' said Maj. Gen. Romeo Poquiz, commander of the 2nd Air Division.

"We're limited with manpower, the expertise, as well as the trucks that have to transport them to different areas for identification,'' Poquiz said. "Do we do a mass burial, because we can't identify them anymore? If we do a mass burial, where do you place them?''

Most Tacloban residents spent a rainy night wherever they could -- in the ruins of destroyed houses, in the open along roadsides and shredded trees. Some slept under tents brought in by the government or relief groups.

"There is no help coming in. They know this is a tragedy. They know our needs are urgent. Where is the shelter?'' said Aristone Balute's granddaughter, Mylene, who was also at the airport. "We are confused. We don't know who is in charge.''

Damaged roads and other infrastructure are complicating relief efforts. Government officials and police and army officers are in many cases among the victims themselves, hampering co-ordination. The typhoon destroyed military buildings that housed 1,000 soldiers in Leyte province.

There were other distractions, including a jailbreak in Tacloban. Army Brig. Gen. Virgilio Espineli, the deputy regional military commander, said he wasn't sure how many of the 600 inmates fled.

At Matnog, the port for ferries leaving for Samar island, dozens of trucks piled high with aid were waiting to cross. In Manila, soldiers loaded pallets of water, medical supplies and food into C-130 planes bound for the disaster area.

The U.N. said it had released $25 million in emergency funds to pay for shelter materials and household items, and for assistance with the provision of health services, safe water supplies and sanitation facilities.

The USS George Washington is headed toward the region with massive amounts of water and food, but the Pentagon said the aircraft carrier won't arrive until Thursday. The U.S. also said it is providing $20 million in immediate aid.

Aid totalling tens of millions of dollars has been pledged by many other countries, including Japan, Australia and Britain, which is sending a Royal Navy vessel.

For now, relief has come to a lucky few, including Joselito Caimoy, a 42-year-old truck driver. He was able to get his wife, son and 3-year-old daughter on a flight out of Tacloban. They embraced in a tearful goodbye, but Caimoy stayed behind to guard what's left of his home and property.

"People are just scavenging in the streets. People are asking food from relatives, friends. The devastation is too much. ... The malls, the grocery stories have all been looted,'' he said. "They're empty. People are hungry. And they (the authorities) cannot control the people.''

The storm also killed eight people in southern China and inflicted hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to farming and fishing industries, Chinese state media reported Tuesday.

The Philippines, an archipelago nation of more than 7,000 islands, is annually buffeted by tropical storms and typhoons, but Haiyan was an especially large catastrophe. Its winds were among the strongest ever recorded, and it may have killed more people than the previous deadliest Philippine storm, Thelma, in which about 5,100 people died in the central Philippines in 1991.

The country's deadliest disaster on record was the 1976 magnitude-7.9 earthquake that triggered a tsunami in the Moro Gulf in the southern Philippines, killing 5,791 people.

Tacloban is near Red Beach on Leyte Island, where U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur waded ashore in 1944 during World War II and fulfilled his famous pledge: "I shall return.'' The scene is re-created in a monument on the shore. After the typhoon, one of the seven statues -- but not the one of MacArthur himself -- was toppled over.

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Associated Press writers Oliver Teves, Chris Brummitt and Teresa Cerojano in Manila, Kristen Gelineau in Cebu and Edith M. Lederer at the United Nations contributed to this report.