Relief Effort Continues in Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan | NECN

Relief Effort Continues in Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan



    US giving $20M for food, supplies, other emergency relief (Published Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014)

    (NECN/NBC News: Tracie Potts) - There's a massive government effort to help the people in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

    The impact of Typhoon Haiyan is staggering. Ten-thousand are feared dead, 600,000 displaced and no way to put a number on the pain and suffering  and loss.

    Philippines Resident Reya Alma Thera said, "We were not able to save our father - very sad."

    U.S. cargo planes have been moving people and supplies.

    And more help is on the way. The U.S. is giving $20-million for food, supplies, hygiene kits, plastic sheets and other emergency relief.

    The U.S.S. George Washington is headed there. Thousands of sailors have been called back early from shore leave.

    USS Antietam Cpt. Thomas Disy said, "We're limited by seas and wind and things of that nature on how fast we can go but we're gonna go as fast as we possibly can."

    The pentagon is sending two other cruisers, a destroyer, a supply ship and nearly a dozen aircraft to deliver supplies and help rescue those who may still be alive in these ruins.

    Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy of the III Marine Expeditionary Force said, "It's a whole government approach. The embassy has asked for not just military but USAID (US Agency for International Development) is here, international relief organizations are here."

    It will take time help to arrive and time to find survivors and time to heal.