Local families wait as relief starts to trickle in to Philippines
Video Report By Richard Allyn, Reporter - bio | email
TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP/CBS 8) - Four days after Typhoon Haiyan tore across the Philippines, North Park resident Jonathan Quinn is becoming increasingly desperate to receive word from his family who lives in Tacloban, one of the hardest hit areas.
"Our Uncle Eddie Ramos out there is still missing: his wife, their three kids, our cousins. We're really trying to reach out to find them," Quinn told CBS News 8. "We're just praying."
In the meantime, relief operations in the typhoon-devastated central Philippines began picking up pace Wednesday.
Only minimal amounts of water, food and medical supplies are making it to the hardest-hit areas still, but aviation authorities have reopened two more airports in the region, allowing for more aid flights.
International agencies and militaries also are speeding up operations to get staff, supplies and equipment in place for what will be a major humanitarian mission. A doctor at a makeshift clinic at the damaged airport in Tacloban says supplies of antibiotics and anesthetics arrived Tuesday for the first time.
Before that he says, "patients had to endure the pain."
Damaged infrastructure and bad communications links are making the death toll difficult to estimate.
The national disaster agency puts it at 1,883. But President Benigno Aquino III tells CNN that the final toll could be closer to 2,500, rather than the 10,000 some officials had feared.
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