Philippine typhoon death toll jumps; U.S. helicopters boost aid effort




 
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Philippine typhoon death toll jumps; U.S. helicopters boost aid effort
 
November 15th, 2013  
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Philippine typhoon death toll jumps; U.S. helicopters boost aid effort
By Stuart Grudgings and Aubrey Belford TACLOBAN, Philippines (Reuters) - The death toll from one of the world's most powerful typhoons surged on Friday, but the aid effort was still so patchy bodies lay uncollected and thousands tried desperately to evacuate stricken communities across the central Philippines. After long delays, hundreds of international aid workers set up makeshift hospitals and trucked in supplies, while helicopters from a U.S. aircraft carrier ferried medicine and water to remote areas leveled by Typhoon Haiyan a week ago. I can see the international support coming here," said Captain Victoriano Sambale, a Philippine military doctor who since Saturday has treated patients in a room strewn with dirt and debris. President Benigno Aquino, caught off guard by the scale of the disaster, has been criticized for the slow pace of aid distribution and unclear estimates of casualties, especially in Tacloban, capital of hardest-hit Leyte province.

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