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Amid devastation, desperation swells in Philippines

Filipinos plead for food, water; UN team, US aid begin arriving

TACLOBAN, Philippines — Bodies lay uncollected and uncounted in the streets and thousands of desperate survivors pleaded for food, water, and medicine as rescue workers took on a daunting task Monday in the typhoon-battered islands of the Philippines.

The hard-hit city of Tacloban resembled a landfill from the air, with only a few concrete buildings standing in the wake of one of the most powerful storms to ever hit land, packing 147-miles-per-hour winds and whipping up 20-foot walls of sea water that tossed ships inland and swept many out to sea.

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