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Rice, water distributed in typhoon-struck city

Wednesday - 11/13/2013, 10:40pm  ET

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) -- It's Thursday in the Philippines where there are signs that the pace of aid efforts is beginning to pick up.

In the typhoon-devastated city of Tacloban (tahk-LOH'-bahn), soldiers have been distributing rice and water from atop trucks, while teams with chainsaws are clearing debris from blocked roads.

C-130 transport planes began arriving at 3 a.m. at Tacloban airport, the first nighttime flight since the typhoon struck on Friday, suggesting air control systems are now in place for an around the clock relief operation. Food, water and medical supplies from the U.S., Malaysia and Singapore are being unloaded.

Thousands have flocked to the airport in hopes of fleeing the disaster zone. While the cogs of the international aid effort are beginning to turn, it is still not quick enough for the 600,000 people displaced by the typhoon, many of them homeless, hungry and thirsty.

Some desperate survivors have resorted to raiding for food, but police say the situation is improving.

The official death toll stands at 2,357, but that's expected to rise as accurate information is collected from the whole disaster zone.

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APPHOTO TOK101: In this Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 photo, survivors wait for treatment at a makeshift clinic at the airport in typhoon ravaged Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines. The run-down, single-story building with filthy floors at Tacloban's ruined airport has become the area's main medical center for victims of last week's powerful typhoon. It has little medicine, virtually no facilities and very few doctors. Hundreds of injured people, pregnant women, children and the elderly have poured into the squat, white building behind the control tower since Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the eastern Philippines on Friday, killing thousands. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) (13 Nov 2013)


APPHOTO XWS103: Philippines soldiers explain there is no relief for an elderly woman while waiting to leave the airport in Tacloban, central Philippines, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the country's eastern seaboard on Friday, destroying tens of thousands of buildings and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. (AP Photo/Wally Santana) (14 Nov 2013)


APPHOTO NY392: FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 file photo, signs for help, water and food are written in the street amid the destruction left from Typhoon Haiyan in the coastal town of Tanawan, central Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction and thousands of people dead. (AP Photo/Wally Santana) (13 Nov 2013)


APPHOTO NY129: In this Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, photo provided by the Navy Media Content Service (NMCS), civilians displaced by Typhoon Haiyan board a U.S. Marine Corps KC-130J Super Hercules at Tacloban Air Base before being transported to Manila, Philippines. U.S. service members are assisting the Armed Forces of the Philippines in the recovery efforts for the people affected in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. (AP Photo/NMCS, Lance Cpl. Anne K. Henry) (12 Nov 2013)

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