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.
Typhoon Haiyan has killed too many people to count so far and pushed to the brink of survival thousands more, who have lost everything, have no food or medical care and are drinking filthy water to survive.
By Tuesday, officials had counted 1,774 of the bodies, but say that number may just be scratching the surface. They fear Haiyan may have taken as many as 10,000 lives.
The storm has injured 2,487 more, and displaced 660,000 people from their homes, the government said.
As authorities rush to save the lives of survivors four days after Haiyan ripped the Philippines apart, a new tropical depression, Zoraida, blew in Tuesday delivering more rain, the Philippine national weather agency PAGASA reported.
Zoraida is not a strong storm, but it is holding up desperately needed aid in at least one province, Iloilo, where Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. has grounded relief flights, until it has passed.
Boats and trucks will still operate, but like in many areas, whole houses, vehicles, trees and debris piled high cover miles of roadways in affected areas.
It will take heavy machinery and much time to clear them, and although international supplies that have begun to arrive by at airports, much of it is still not getting through to people who need it most.
Typhoon Haiyan survivors are facing a grim struggle in the Philippines but family members back in the United States are also frantic to discover if their loved ones survived.
Nino Arena is one Filipino who can't find his half-sister Dailyn, CNN's Stephanie Elam reports.
Arena says "I want it to be daylight over there so at least we get more progress, we get more news."
The family believes that 20-year-old Dailyn rode out the storm at her job just south of hard hit Tacloban city in Palo– instead of heading back to her home in Jaro.
Thousands of houses have been obliterated. Many areas are still cut off from transport, communications and power. Some officials say that as many as 10,000 people may have been killed.
Despite that devastatingly high number, Nino remains optimistic about Dailyn.
Elam asks, "How's the hope level within your family?" and the man replies, "It is high. We are - we believe in divine intervention. And we believe that she made it."
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