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Tacloban, Philippines

-- You can see them everywhere.On the side of the road. Under what appears to be a bus shelter, a jaunty "I(heart) Tacloban" sign hanging overhead. Lined up on sidewalks.

Bodies -- some crudely covered,others left exposed to the burning sun -- added another hellish element tosurvival in Tacloban on Monday, three days after Super Typhoon Haiyan flattenedcountless buildings and claimed untold lives.

"There are too many people dead,"said Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippine Red Cross. "We have bodies inthe water, bodies on the bridges, bodies on the side of the road."

Troops and aid organizationsbattled blocked roads and devastating damage Monday to deliver help to strandedFilipinos struggling to survive the powerful storm's aftermath, even as anothertropical system moved in to deliver more unwanted rain.

Survivors rooted through thesplintered wreckage of their homes searching for loved ones who may be buriedbeneath. Others scrambled to find food and water.

Officials worry as many as 10,000could be dead.

"We've heard reports that peopleare walking around aimlessly, completely desperate," Dr. Natasha Reyes, thePhilippines emergency coordinator for Doctors Without Borders, said in a pieceposted on the group's website.

'Worse thanhell'

Magina Fernandez, who was tryingto get out of Tacloban at the city's crippled airport, described the situationthere as "worse than hell."

"Get international help to comehere now -- not tomorrow, now," she said, directing some of her anger atPhilippine President Benigno Aquino III, who toured some of the hardest-hitareas Sunday.

That aid began to flow inMonday. U.N. and U.S. civilian disaster assessment teams were on the scene, aswere Japan-based U.S. Marines. The Marines were to outfit the shattered Taclobanairport with lights, radar and other gear to allow it to operate 24 hours aday.

Tacloban, a city of 200,000, wasshattered by Haiyan. The storm's tremendous force brought a wall of waterroaring off the Gulf of Leyte, leveling neighborhoods of wooden houses, flinginglarge ships ashore like toys.

"I have not spoken to anyone whohas not lost someone, a relative close to them," said Tacloban Mayor AlfredRomualdez, who narrowly escaped death during the storm's fury. "We are lookingfor as many as we can."

Difficult to assessdeath toll

But Tacloban is far from theonly devastated area. Authorities are trying to establish the level ofdestruction elsewhere along Haiyan's path.

"It's not just Tacloban; it'sall the coastal areas" in that region, said Gordon of the Red Cross.

Fishing communities stretch formiles down the eastern coast of Leyte, the island where Gen. Douglas Macarthurled U.S. troops ashore in 1944 at the start of the long, bloody fight to retakethe Philippines from the Japanese during World War II.

The other settlements along thecoast are likely to have suffered a similar fate to Tacloban's.

Across the Gulf of Leyte liesSamar, where Haiyan made its first of six deadly landfalls on the Philippines onFriday. Government and aid officials say they are still trying to reach manyaffected communities on that island.

A similar challenge existsfarther west, on the islands of Cebu and Panay, which also suffered direct hitsfrom the typhoon.

The death toll, as reported bythe Philippine Armed Forces Central Command, stood at 942 Monday night. But withso much about the storm's impact still unknown, a full accounting of its victimswill take time.

"We can give you estimates rightnow, but none of it will be accurate." Gordon said.

U.S. Marines join reliefefforts

As the United States, PopeFrancis and Spain, among other nations, sent aid,Aquinodeclared a "state of national calamity," whichallows more latitude in rescue and recovery operations and gives the governmentpower to set the prices of basic goods.

Authorities are funneling aid onmilitary planes to Tacloban's airport, which resumed limited commercial flightsMonday. As aid workers, government officials and journalists came in, hundredsof residents waited in long lines hoping to get out.

Tacloban stadium before and after

The Marines who arrived Mondayare the "forward edge" of a broader U.S. effort to aid the Philippines, Brig.Gen. Paul Kennedy said.

"We're working hand in hand withthe Philippines, both with their armed forces and the national police, and wewill help them in their need," he said.

The U.S. Agency forInternational Development was sending emergency shelter materials and basichygiene supplies to aid 10,000 families as well as 55 metric tons of emergencyrations sufficient to feed 20,000 children and 15,000 adults for up to fivedays.

Both shipments were expected toarrive this week, the agency said.

But with the airport 9 miles (15kilometers) from the city center and many roads still clogged with debris,getting supplies to where they're most needed is proving difficult.

'They've losteverything'

The problems are the same inother stricken regions.

"Our priority is to address theurgent and immediate medical needs, of which we are sure there are many," Reyessaid. "After that, really it's everything -- shelter, water, food. They've losteverything."

"The main challenges right noware related to logistics," said Praveen Agrawal of the U.N.'s World FoodProgram, who returned to Manila from the affected areas Sunday. "Roads areblocked, airports are destroyed."

The need for food and water hasled to increasingly desperate efforts. People have broken into grocery anddepartment stores in Tacloban.

Local businessman Richard Youngsaid he and others had formed a group to protect their businesses.

"We have our firearms, we willshoot within our property," he said.

Authorities have sent police andmilitary reinforcements to try to bring the situation under control.

Another dire scene played out inthe city's only functioning hospital over the weekend. Doctors couldn't admitany more wounded victims because there wasn't enough room. Some injured lay inthe hospital's cramped hallways seeking treatment.

"We haven't anything left tohelp people with," one doctor said. "We have to get supplies inimmediately."

Complicating the search effortsis the lack of electricity in many parts of the storm's path.

The northern part of Bogo, inthe central Philippines, suffered a blackout Sunday, and authorities said it will take months torestore power.

Storm moves ontoVietnam

Meteorologists said it will takefurther analysis to confirm whether Haiyan -- with gusts reported at firstlandfall to be up to 235 mph (375 kph) -- set a record.

After leaving the Philippines,the storm lost power as it moved across the South China Sea over theweekend.

Early Monday, it hit the coastof northern Vietnam, where authorities had evacuated 800,000 people, accordingto the United Nations.It weakened to become a tropical stormas it moved inland.

Five people were reported dead,according to the state-run Vietnam News Agency.

Aid workers said Vietnam waslikely to avoid damage on the scale suffered by the Philippines. But officialshave warned the heavy rain brought by Haiyan could cause flooding and landslidesin northern Vietnam and southern China.

For the devastated areas of thePhilippines, the bad weather may not be over. The national weather agency,Pagasa, said Monday a tropical depression was moving toward the southern part ofthe country.

Far weaker than Haiyan, theweather system is likely to affect mainly the islands of Mindanao and Bohol,which didn't suffer direct hits by the typhoon. But it could bring wind andheavy rain to Tacloban and the surrounding area, making conditions even morehazardous.

Aid workers said the recoveryfrom Haiyan will take many months.

"This disaster on such a scalewill probably have us working for the next year," said Sandra Bulling,international communications officer for the aid agency CARE. "Fishermen havelost their boats. Crops are devastated. This is really the basic income of manypeople."

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