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Aid Sent To Philippines After Killer Typhoon


A general view of flattened houses along the coastal area in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte, on November 10, 2013, after Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines.

A general view of flattened houses along the coastal area in Tacloban, on the eastern island of Leyte, on November 10, 2013, after Typhoon Haiyan swept over the Philippines.

Countries around the world are rushing aid to the Philippines, where it is feared more than 10,000 people may have been killed by Typhoon Haiyan.

The United Nations says some 9.5 million people have been affected by the disaster, which the world body said has caused "widespread destruction and displacement."

U.S. Marine General Paul Kennedy said on November 11 that he saw bodies everywhere during a helicopter flight over the region.

The United States, European Union states, Australia, and the United Nations are among those who have announced humanitarian aid packages, including food, blankets, and shelter for tens of thousands of people.

The U.S. Defense Department has sent some 90 Marines and sailors, as well as aircraft for search and rescue operations.

The typhoon, one of the most powerful ever recorded, smashed large swathes of the Southeast Asian island state on November 8, with surges of seawater destroying buildings and drowning residents.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP
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