Angus Walker

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A turning point reached ten days after Typhoon Haiyan

Ten days on from the typhoon and you get the sense that we have reached some sort of turning point.

Angus Walker in Tacloban City. Credit: ITV News

There is certainly more aid getting through, I was down in the city centre watching as families were given two kilos of rice and a large bottle of water each and that is certainly better than the situation just a few days ago.

However, there is still no power in Tacloban, still no running water in people's homes and there are still people living in absolutely dreadful conditions.

The latest UN figures suggest there are 350,000 people in evacuation centres and four million people scattered across this entire region.

They need a lot of help, roads need to be cleared but you get the sense that things are starting to get better.

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Typhoon aid operation still feels improvised

Seven days on and the aid operation still feels a bit improvised at this stage.

There is a lot of aid stockpiled at the airport, but there are not a lot of trucks. You would expect a whole line of trucks being loaded up and coming in.

A ship that has been washed ashore in Tacloban, Philippines Credit: REUTERS/Bobby Yip

But there are signs of recovery. The roads are being cleared. The mobile phone network is working in some cases. There is a sense of life returning a little bit.

Catholic priest Father Martin stands in the destroyed Metropolitan Cathedral in the central Philippine city of Palo Credit: REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Part of the problem is that anyone with any money or power or connections has left this place, and parts of it are starting to look like a deserted city.

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People in Tacloban keep telling us 'there is no aid'

Hundreds of families are now living in a large church in Tacloban and they are the people with nowhere to go, their houses have been destroyed.

Angus Walker in a Tacloban church housing survivors of the super typhoon. Credit: ITV News

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There are people here with wounds that need treating, there are new born babies, there are the elderly, the infirm, but there is no aid.

The priest in charge told ITV News they have got no food, no water, nothing has been delivered by the government, they are in urgent need of everything and that is all we ever hear, that constant refrain as we walk around the city of Tacloban.

We have walked through a number of districts over the last few days and it is astonishing there isn't a more organised aid effort getting through and the church is just a few hundred metres away from some of the government buildings.

The local government here has been simply overwhelmed and is unable to cope.

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Scale of damage caused by super typhoon emerges

As every hour goes by we are getting a clearer picture of the damage caused by the super typhoon. Rescue teams are only now able to get in to some of the worst affected areas, which have remained cut off. Roads are blocked, power is down and there is no phone coverage.

Experienced aid workers are saying they haven't seen anything like it since the December 2004 Asian Tsunami, and that's not a comparison you make lightly.

The US military is standing by by ready to give assistance. I was speaking to a colonel in the US Marines today. He had been up with the air force, surveying the worst affected areas.

The government of the Philippines has now accepted the UN offer of international assistance. Now the picture is emerging of a much bigger humanitarian disaster than was perhaps first thought. Certainly, the damage is far worse than many people feared.

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24ft waves destroy airport leaving dead bodies in their wake

I have spoken to the Philippine air force. The Tacloban City airport in Leyte province has been completely destroyed by the storm surge.

Waves were up to 24 feet, higher than the terminal building.

Emerging pictures show the devastation left in the wake of the typhoon. Credit: APTN

A pilot said he saw six dead bodies inside a chapel of people that had drowned in storm. An air force colonel said Tacloban was the worst affected area. Crew on board a transport plane said that they could see lots of dead bodies.

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Dawn breaks on the devastation of a super typhoon

As dawn was breaking the scale of the damage was beginning to become clearer.

The Red Cross workers I have been speaking to through the night say it will be many days before they know the full scale of the damage and devastation that has been caused by these huge gusts of wind.

Debris litter the road by the coastal village in Legazpi city after the powerful Typhoon Haiyan the Albay province. Credit: AP Photo/Nelson Salting

They are preparing convoys now to take extra supplies to some of the worst affected areas.

And they say it could take them about 18 hours by road to take tankers of fresh water. One of the most important bits of equipment they are taking is chainsaws.

They have been trying to load up more chainsaws because they expect lots of the roads to be blocked by fallen trees and debris.

And of course thousands of people are stranded and are still in shelters. Roads, ports and ferries - all not running. So there are many people who are stranded, the roads are clogged, and it will take a long time to clear up in the aftermath of this monster typhoon.

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