Nightly News | November 12, 2013
>>> good evening. as you're about to hear, a u.s.
marine general said today the
people of the philippines don't
have a week to wait. some don't even have days to
it underscores the monumental
effort underway tonight to get
help there despite huge
obstacles and widespread
devastation. take just the one area we have
been focusing on for the last 24
hours, tacloban , a city of
this is what is left of the
airport, the tower is out of
commission. there is no radar, or air stairs
to pull up to the planes.
and air strips are too short to
e accommodate jets, and that
limits the numbers of flights in
and out. and this is what is left of the
city, water is the key tosurvival and the search for it
a second weather system has come
along and again drenched the
area with heavy rains.
the feared death toll has been
downgraded, but of course there
is no way to know for sure.
it's where we begin our
reporting tonight before we hear
from dr. nancy snyderman on the
medical effort, we begin with
angus walker in tacloban .
>> Reporter: the true extent of
the devastation is now becomingclear.
island after island, villageafter coastal village torn
this city of tacloban is in
at the airport, they're fighting
for a chance to escape.
cries of desperation fill the
>> we need help, we need food,
we need water.
for the children.
>> Reporter: overwhelmed andtraumatized, their only option
now is to get out. the typhoon has taken everything
>> everything is gone, ourhouses, everything.
there's nothing to eat.
Reporter: in the ruins, the
the survivors in tacloban are
now trying to rebuild their
lives, but the misery goes on.
Reporter: what's happening to
we have no food.
help is not coming, she says.
people here have become
scavengers, desperate for foodand water.
even the youngest are snatching
what they can.
it's called bliss, the name of a
housing project for people who
had lost their homes in past
typhoons. this time it was no safe haven.
bliss is made up of a maze of
narrow alleyways, and when the
typhoon struck, it filled with
water within seconds to above
and yet most survived, quickly
climbing high enough to escape.
some clearly happy just to bealive.
but living is hard.
long lines for empty shelves,
medicines are rationed.
as the evening approaches,
barricades are manned, with the
the people of tacloban fend for
themselves as many struggle to
some do find space on adeparting plane and make it to
manila, hundreds of miles and a
while at that same manila
airport, cargo planes are loaded
with supplies. >> there are people suffering
tonight as it rains on them with
a second tropical storm and we
need to mobilize tonight.
>> Reporter: the need is getting
greater by the hour.
an angus walker for nbc news in
tacloban , the philippines.