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Amid gruesome typhoon scenes, aid trickles in

Monday - 11/11/2013, 10:39am  ET

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine soldiers are distributing food and water in the devastated city of Tacloban (tahk-LOH'-bahn), where only a few buildings remain standing after a typhoon that may have killed 10,000 people.

Bloated bodies lie uncollected and uncounted in the streets.

The U.S. military has sent food, water, generators and a contingent of Marines to the city. It's the first outside help in what will grow into a major international relief mission.

A U.S. Marine brigadier general who took a helicopter flight over the city says "every single building" was destroyed or severely damaged. Paul Kennedy spoke as supplies were unloaded from two Marine C-130 cargo planes.

Those who were caught in the storm are worried that the aid won't arrive soon enough. Bobbie Womack, an American missionary from Tennessee who is a longtime Tacloban resident, says she's afraid "it's going to get dangerous in town" because of the slow pace of relief efforts. She says, "They need to bring in shiploads of food."

The country's president has declared a "state of national calamity," allowing the central government to release emergency funds faster and impose price controls on staple goods.

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148-w-33-(Matt Small, AP correspondent, with Joseph Curry, aide worker with Catholic Relief Services)--Recovery and relief efforts are underway days after a massive typhoon tore through the Philippines. AP correspondent Matt Small reports. ((opens with actuality)) (11 Nov 2013)

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140-a-14-(Alfred Romualdez (roh-moo-AHL'-dez), Leyte City mayor, in interview)-"to harm anybody"-The mayor of a Philippine city hit by the typhoon (Alfred Romualdez) says clashes have broken out between locals who are desperate for food. COURTESY: ABS-CBN News Philippines ((mandatory on-air credit)) (11 Nov 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Aerial view of Tacloban city, Leyte province in central Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the region, photo on texture, partial graphic (11 Nov 2013)

GRAPHICSBANK: Survivors pass by two large boats after they were washed ashore by strong waves caused by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines, on texture, partial graphic (11 Nov 2013)

APPHOTO XAF123: Survivors cover their noses from the stench of bodies left on streets of typhoon-ravaged Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan-ravaged Philippine islands faced a daunting relief effort that had barely begun Monday, as bloated bodies lay uncollected and uncounted in the streets and survivors pleaded for food, water and medicine. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) (10 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO XBM132: Residents queue up to receive treatment and relief supplies at Tacloban airport Monday Nov.b11, 2013, following Friday's typhoon Haiyan that lashed this city and several provinces in central Philippines. Typhoon-ravaged Philippine islands faced an unimaginably huge recovery effort that had barely begun Monday, as bloated bodies lay uncollected and uncounted in the streets and survivors pleaded for food, water and medicine. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) (11 Nov 2013)

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