CCTV Script 13/11/2013
— This is the script of CNBC's news report for China's CCTV on November 13, Wednesday.
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Philippine President Benigno Aquino has said that the death toll from Super-Typhoon Haiyan was likely closer to 2,000, rather than the 10,000 initially reported.
Regardless, those numbers could rise if aid doesn't reach those in need soon. Help is pouring in from around the world. The US and the UK have sent warships to help with relief efforts.
But as NBC's Angus Walker reports, many are still suffering:
The extent of the devastation is now becoming clear. Island after island, village after coastal village torn apart. The city of Tacloban is in ruins. At the airport, they're fighting for a chance to escape.
Cries of desperation fill the air. "We need help, we need food, we need water, we need shelter!' Overwhelmed and traumatized, their only option now is to get out. The typhoon has taken everything from them. "Everything is gone. Our houses...everything. There's nothing to eat, there's nothing to drink."
In the ruins and the rain - a down pour today - survivors in Tacloban are now trying to rebuild their lives, but the misery goes on. "What's happening to my country? We have no food. Help is not coming," she says. People here have become scavengers, desperate for food and water. Even the youngest are snatching what they can.
It's called Bliss, the name of a housing project for people who had lost their home in past typhoons. This time, it was no safe haven.
Bliss is made up of a maze of narrow alleyways and when the typhoon struck, they filled with water within seconds to above roof height. And yet most survived, quickly climbing high enough to escape. Some, clearly still happy just to be alive.
But living is hard. Long lines for empty shelves, medicines are rationed. As evening approaches, barricades are manned, a warning to looters - the army patrols, the people of Tacloban fend for themselves. As many struggle to get out, some do find space on a departing plane and make it to Manilla.
Hundreds of miles and a world away. While at that same Manila airport, cargo planes are loaded with aid in a race against time.
[Soundbyte on tape by Paul Kennedy, US marines] "A week from now will be too late. There are people that are suffering tonight, as it's raining out there, with a second tropical storm, and we need to mobilize tonight."
The need is getting greater by the hour.
Angus Walker for NBC News, from Tacloban, the Philippines.