you have to avoid. Tonight too many americans are racing to help millions of people reeling after the typhoon hit the philippines. Marines are already on the ground there delivering supplies and... See More
you have to avoid. Tonight too many americans are racing to help millions of people reeling after the typhoon hit the philippines. Marines are already on the ground there delivering supplies and helping the smallest victims of the monster storm. Abc's chief foreign correspondent terry more an is in the hadest hit city tonight. Reporter: Believe it or not this is one of the only places in the city that is still functioning. This is where people want to get to because this is where you can get out. Reporter: Sunrise in hell. Day five for the survivors of typhoon halyan. And the desperation is deepening. Everyone wants out. And the few flights a day from tacloban's airport are turning into frantic mob scenes. Aid efforts are ramping up, but the scale of this thing is so vast -- the need so great -- at times, it seems only a trickle of help has come here. Filipinos are starting to fault their government and do it themselves. Near cebu city, neighbors just loaded up a truck with rice and cans of food and went looking for people in need. We're just trying to go around and look for a town that really needs help. Reporter: Survivors are so desperate for water they are straining it through t-shirts. Disease is a huge concern now. For so many, any shelter will do. President benigno aquino said he thinks the death toll will be lower than first feared. But there are still bodies everywhere to be found, uncovered and buried. You can smell them rotting in the tropical sun. The official death toll stands at 1744. The americans here who were caught in the storm's fury -- tourists, students, longtime residents, missionaries -- they are getting out. We met some of them when they landed at a manila airbase, many like missionary john winn -- safe now, but still shaken. I just sat there and watched the water level, praying that it would not go any higher. Reporter: Among anxious americans watching stateside, steve and vicki kurzban of colorado saw their 18-year-old son simon on "world news." Apparently 50 little kids got sucked away. Reporter: A happy ending for one american family but for so many here who need so much and who are still five days in seeing so little aid get here, there is no end in sight. Diane? Thank you, terry. As you said need so much and there are so many ways to help these families in the philippines. We have listed many of the ways to help on our website. Just go to abcnews.Com.
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