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November 13th, 2013
05:56 AM ET

Tons of Food Teaches Typhoon-Ravaged Philippines But...

Tons of food from around the world have arrived in the Philippines, but the hundreds of thousands homeless and starving after Typhoon Haiyan decimated part of the country have yet to get a bite of it.

More than 2 million people need food aid, the Philippine government said. But endless landscapes of devastation were still blocking much of it from reaching the hungriest victims Wednesday.

The World Food Program has delivered at least 2,700 tons of rice to the country, but the logistical nightmare of traveling to the many islands ripped to pieces by one of the strongest storms in recorded history has it arriving in drips and drabs.

Clearing roads and runways has taken a long time, UNICEF spokesman Christopher De Bono said.

"I don't think that's anyone's fault. I think it's the geography and the devastation," said.

"We need food; we need to eat!" chanted a crowd gathered around supply plane after it landed in Guinan on Tuesday.

The town of 50,000 was wiped off the map by the storm Friday.

Haiyan made its first landfall there. The storm, one of the strongest in recorded history, went on to kill at least 1,833 people and injure 2,623 more.

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