We are starting off today with a look at the situation in the Philippines. The country is struggling to pick up the pieces after being devastated by what could be the largest storm ever to hit land. Shelby Holliday is in the Philippines. Shelby?
Shelby: Maggie, there is a rush to get the basic necessities here as fast as possible. But because some areas have been completely wiped out, officials say it could be hard to get aid to those who need it the most.
Now, we are here at an Air Force base, trying to get to one of the hardest hit areas, but it is extremely difficult because the storm has shut down airports, cut off power and blocked roads with scattered debris.
Typhoon Haiyan destroyed almost everything in its path, leaving families to find shelter wherever they can. Survivors across the Philippines are growing desperate, even painting signs for rescue helicopters.
Survivor: We want water and medicine for the injured. We don’t need pity. We just need your help.
Shelby: U.S. Marines arrived yesterday with much-needed supplies for the millions of disaster victims.
Brigadier General Paul Kennedy: There was a 15- to 25-foot wave came across entire villages, and so everything is wiped out.
Shelby: The storm that hit Friday is being called a super typhoon. Typhoons are hurricanes that form in the northwest Pacific. This typhoon was so deadly because the powerful storm sent the ocean waters crashing ashore. In a matter of only minutes, the streets were flooded with up to 16 feet of rushing water, washing away everything in its path with enormous force. Now bodies line the streets, and many are still digging through the rubble hoping to find a miracle.
Chaos has also followed in the aftermath. Some store owners are using guns to fight off looters. But there are stories of heroes too. These American storm chasers became rescuers when the typhoon tore through a hotel. They used mattresses to help guests escape.
Tens of thousands are feared dead, but the death toll is difficult to track because phone lines are still down.
The United Nations says that young people will likely suffer the most in the aftermath of the storm. And there were nearly 2 million children living in the impacted areas.
We will be keeping you updated on the aftermath and the cleanup efforts here in the Philippines.
Maggie, back to you.