Typhoon Haiyan has killed too many people to count so far and pushed to the brink of survival thousands more, who have lost everything, have no food or medical care and are drinking filthy water to survive.
By Tuesday, officials had counted 1,774 of the bodies, but say that number may just be scratching the surface. They fear Haiyan may have taken as many as 10,000 lives.
The storm has injured 2,487 more, and displaced 660,000 people from their homes, the government said.
CNN's Anna Coren went out on a C-130 Hercules with the military today to one of the hardest hit areas. "It was the first hit that was hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan," she says. "And actually flying over, it was absolutely devastated. Nothing was standing.”
As authorities rush to save the lives of survivors four days after Haiyan ripped the Philippines apart, a new tropical depression, Zoraida, blew in Tuesday delivering more rain, the Philippine national weather agency PAGASA reported.
Zoraida is not a strong storm, but it is holding up desperately needed aid in at least one province, Iloilo, where Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. has grounded relief flights, until it has passed.
Boats and trucks will still operate, but like in many areas, whole houses, vehicles, trees and debris piled high cover miles of roadways in affected areas.
It will take heavy machinery and much time to clear them, and although international supplies that have begun to arrive by at airports, much of it is still not getting through to people who need it most.
“As far as the cleanup and the misery and the work that’s been piling up for the rescue teams and the relief teams, it's still just an enormous task,” reports CNN’s Andrew Stevens. “Meanwhile, the task of finding and bearing the dead continues.”
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