As the United Nations doubled its estimate of those left homeless in the typhoon-ravaged Philippines to nearly two million on Saturday, emergency supplies finally flowed into the region, reaching some who have been left to scavenge for days. Reuters called the relief efforts “still patchy” however, as officials reported hungry survivors attempting to leave the city of Ormoc and residents of Tanauan say they only began receiving significant aid on Friday, after spending subsisting on biscuits and disposing of dead bodies on their own. Typhoon Haiyan killed at least 3,633 and left 1,179 people missing, according to the national count.
"Arnaldo Arcadio, an emergency responder with the Catholic Relief Services group, said desperation over conditions in remote rural areas had led people to surge into Ormoc in hope of fleeing the city by ferry.
"People are fleeing in mass numbers and coming to Ormoc, where they stand in line all day to get on a ferry only to be turned away," he said.
"Ormoc is teeming with people who haven't eaten in days. They're hungry, thirsty and tired. They want to get out."
Across Tacloban, survivors have begun to rebuild. The sounds of hammers ring out. Men gather in groups to fix motorbikes or drag debris off splintered homes and wrecked streets. Most have given up searching for lost loved ones.
The number of people made homeless by the storm rose to 1.9 million, up from 900,000, the United Nations' humanitarian agency said. In Tacloban, at least 56,000 people face unsanitary conditions, according to the United Nations' migration agency."
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