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Typhoon aid is gridlocked

TACLOBAN, Philippines — Typhoon gridlock threatened rescue operations in the most devastated part of the Philippines on Wednesday, with aid piling up but few ways to distribute it, plentiful gasoline but no merchants willing to sell it, and an influx of emergency volunteers but no place to house them.

The intensifying frustrations of delivering aid five days after Typhoon Haiyan struck elicited a plea from the top UN relief official to the mayor of Tacloban, imploring him to persuade gas station owners to open so relief convoys could begin expansion into the flattened port city of 220,000 and interior regions. The gas stations have fuel, but the owners fear theft and violence if they reopen.

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