(CBS News) TACLOBAN,
Philippines - Relief is making its way to victims of Typhoon Haiyan in some parts
of the Philippines faster than others. The USS George Washington aircraft
carrier arrived Thursday just off the nation’s shores filled with supplies and,
most importantly, 21 helicopters to help carry aid to people who need it.
A week after Haiyan tore through, Tacloban has
become a city of lines. Residents wait for the simple things. People lined up
for five hours to charge their cell phones. But there are also lines for much
more significant commodities.
At a makeshift medical clinic, Dr. Gary Larosa
told us the patients lined up even before medical staff had arrived. He
said when they first arrived on Monday, they
were treating predominantly cuts and scrapes, “but during the second and third
day, diarrhea and upper respiratory” issues became more prevalent.
“The water supply now is
contaminated and I think there is no potable water flowing,” he said. That
helped to explain the long line -- all the way down the street -- of people waiting
to reach a Philippine government truck that was dispensing filtered water.
"It's very dangerous because, at some point, people will really get sick with diarrhea,” she said, adding that many were susceptible to illness as they were hungry and left completely exhausted “from the stress."
There were some signs of improvement in hard-hit Tacloban, however, including more heavy equipment on the streets clearing debris.
For the first time in a week, a gas station in Tacloban reopened. It was operating under heavy security, yielding, predictably, another long line. Then there were the lines to leave the disaster zone, by ship or by air. Many aren’t interested in waiting around to see how long recovery will take.
“There is no water, no light, no electricity. Everything, no food,” lamented another storm survivor. “I have a lot of money to buy, but no more food to buy.”
Tacloban's city government remains virtually paralyzed, with only about 70 workers on duty compared to the normal 2,500. Many were killed, injured, or lost everything in the storm themselves.