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Long-delayed emergency supplies flowed into the typhoon-ravaged central Philippines on Saturday, reaching desperate families who had to fend for themselves for days, as the United Nations more than doubled its estimate of homeless to nearly two million.

While the navies of the United States and its allies rushed to the aid of the typhoon-hit Philippines, a state-of-the-art Chinese hospital ship has stayed at home and in doing so has become a symbol of China's tepid response to the crisis.

U.S. Navy helicopters and planes Friday launched non-stop aid flights to desperate survivors of a super typhoon in the Philippines that killed thousands, igniting a global relief effort criticized for being too slow.
US aircraft carrier spearheads relief efforts in the devastated Philippines


A huge U.S. aircraft carrier arrived off the coast of the typhoon-hit Philippines Thursday, offering hope of a dramatic up-tick in aid to destitute survivors as officials buried scores of rotting corpses.
Philippines buries dead as US relief comes


Soldiers sat atop trucks distributing rice and water on Thursday in this typhoon-devastated city and chainsaw-wielding teams cut debris from blocked roads, small signs that a promised aid effort is beginning to pick up pace even as thousands flocked the airport, desperate to leave.
Rice, water distributed in typhoon-struck city


Gunfire forced the cancellation of a mass burial in the typhoon-ravaged Philippines on Wednesday as authorities struggled to dispose of the dead, while anger among survivors at the slow trickle of aid turned deadly.
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Mass burial cancelled as Philippines anger turns deadly


Desperation gripped Philippine islands devastated by Typhoon Haiyan as looting turned deadly on Wednesday and survivors panicked over delays in supplies of food, water and medicine, some digging up underground water pipes and smashing them open.
Desperate Philippine typhoon survivors loot, dig up water pipes


The U.N. launched an appeal for a third of a billion dollars on Tuesday as U.S. and British warships steamed toward the typhoon-ravaged Philippines where well over 10,000 people are feared dead.
UN launches US$300 mil. appeal for Philippines


In the withered heart of the Philippines' typhoon disaster zone, defeated survivors abandoned hopes Tuesday of a dignified burial for their loved ones and tried to flee aboard military planes.

Foreign governments and agencies have announced a major relief effort to help victims of the Philippine typhoon.
Relief effort begins after Philippine typhoon

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