We have two perspectives now on the destruction a typhoon left behind in the Philippines. The first is the view from the air. It comes from U.S. Marine Brigadier General Paul Kennedy, who is coordinating an American military effort to help typhoon survivors. Not long ago, General Kennedy stepped on board a helicopter for what he called reconnaissance. He flew over a wide strip of land struck by one of the strongest storms on record.
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On Tuesday, a boy sat in the debris of destroyed houses in Tacloban, on the eastern Filipino island of Leyte.
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A child, one of the survivors who was evacuated from the disaster zone, is carried into a military truck with her family after they arrive via at Villamor Air Base in Manila. Rescue workers tried to reach towns and villages in the central Philippines on Tuesday that were cut off by the typhoon.
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U.S. and Filipino military personnel prepare relief goods for transporting at the military base in Manila, before sending the packages to Tacloban which bore the brunt of the typhoon.
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Hundreds of victims of the typhoon form a line as they prepare to board a C130 aircraft during an evacuation from Tacloban. Four days after the typhoon devastated the region many have nothing left, they are without food or power and most lost their homes.
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A resident walks past a wall with a graffiti calling for help in Tacloban. Rescue workers tried to reach towns and villages in the central Philippines on Tuesday that were cut off by the powerful typhoon.
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The sun sets behind a house damaged by Typhoon Haiyan outside the airport in Tacloban. "It looks like a 50-mile wide tornado" flattened everything in and around the city of Tacloban, according to Marine Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy.
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Bodies of the victims of Typhoon Haiyan are placed on an empty piece of land in Tacloban. The latest estimate from the government is that about 7 million people were affected by Friday's massive storm. United Nations officials put the figure at more than 9 million.
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Filipino policemen secure a truck load of relief goods in the typhoon devastated city of Tacloban, on the eastern Filipino island of Leyte on Tuesday. Aid workers and relief supplies were being poured into eastern provinces hit by Typhoon Haiyan, which aid agencies and officials estimated has left thousands dead and staggering destruction in its wake.
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Let's get some perspective now on the destruction in the Philippines.
WERTHEIMER: Almost any death toll we might give today would be unreliable. But we do know that hundreds of thousands of people who survived the storm are now living without shelter. They now face the challenge of finding basics like food and water.
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