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Relief Teams Rush To Help Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

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Typhoon Haiyan is making landfall in Vietnam and China. It has really weakened and has been downgraded to a tropical storm.

It's nothing like the storm that destroyed the Philippines on Friday.

This morning, we're getting a closer look at the damage Typhoon Haiyan left in the Philippines. Officials are reporting 10,000 people are dead.

The situation is so dire it could be days before much needed relief reaches some areas.

The ferocious typhoon is one of the worst storms to make landfall in recorded history.

It barreled through six central Philippine islands, wiping away buildings and leveling everything in its path.

And the scale of the destruction is overwhelming.

The monster storm packing wind gusts of up to 170 mph caused widespread devastation.

Ships were tossed inland, cars and trucks swept out to sea and bridges and ports just washed away. An estimated 23,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged.

Typhoon Haiyan has left villages cut off with no communication, no clean water and very little food.

Massive relief efforts are under way, but rescuers are being hampered by all the debris and the damaged roads.

People are wandering in the streets looking for family members, pleading for help.

And while international aid is being delivered, for some it's not soon enough. In some areas, clashes have broken out between people who are desperate for food.

The storm is now slamming Vietnam. More than 500,000 people from the central and northern part of the country have been evacuated.

Authorities there says six people have already died in the storms violent winds, rains and flooding.

The death toll in the Philippines is staggering. Ten thousand people are presumed dead in just one city alone, and it is expected to climb.

International aid is pouring in as we mentioned. President Barack Obama says the United States is providing significant humanitarian assistance and is prepared to further assist relief and rescue efforts.

UNICEF, the Red Cross and the United Nations World Food Program are just some of the major organizations also mounting huge relief efforts.

The problem is trying to get it to the survivors because this storm is being called one of the deadliest national disasters on record.

Back here at home, many people are looking for ways to help those in the Philippines.

In King of Prussia, a small Filipino market is looking to make a big difference.

The owners of the Philly Pinoy Filipino Grocery Store are collecting food and clothing to ship overseas.

An estimated 12,000 Filipino-Americans live in the Philadelphia area. Many still have family there.

Some people we talked with say they are having a difficult time trying to get in touch with their loved ones because communication has been cut off.

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