Typhoon survivors swarm airport, desperate to leave a city littered with bodies

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Associated Press

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 12:04 AM

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — Thousands of typhoon survivors have swarmed the airport in the city of Tacloban in the central Philippines seeking a flight out.

Two Philippine Air Force C-130s arrived at the city's destroyed airport just after dawn Tuesday, along with several commercial and private flights. A few hundred people did make it aboard, but more than 3,000 people had been camping out, waiting.

The survivors are trying to flee a shattered city short of food and water and littered with bodies. Four days after Typhoon Haiyan (HY'-ahn) struck the eastern Philippines, only a trickle of assistance has made it to affected communities. Authorities estimate the storm killed 10,000 or more while millions are without shelter or food.

Tacloban has a population of about 220,000 people. It bore the full force of the winds and the tsunami-like storm surges which left most of the city is in ruins.

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APPHOTO XBM103: 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) (12 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO XBM106: Typhoon survivors queue up 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 here 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) (12 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO XVY101: 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) (10 Sep 2013)

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APPHOTO XVY102: A survivor from Tacloban, which was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan cries while taking on a mobile phone 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) (10 Sep 2013)

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