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Scenes of hope and devastation after Typhoon Haiyan

Paula Hancocks, Andrew Stevens and Ivan Watson | 11/11/2013, 6:05 a.m.
Photo of repairs getting underway in Kalibo, Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. Ivan Watson/CNN

Desperate victims flood airport

Magina Fernandez's voice cracked as she came face to face with her country's president at Tacloban's airport.

Help, she said, hasn't come quickly enough.

"We need to get the word out," she told him, "because the Philippine government can't do this alone."

Fernandez was among the steady stream of typhoon victims arriving at the airport, searching for food, water and a chance to escape. She told CNN she is desperate to leave the city.

"Get international help to come here now -- not tomorrow, now," she said. "This is really, really like bad, bad, worse than hell, worse than hell."

Amid looting, fear spreads

Richard Young wears a green whistle around his neck on a plastic strap.

He's been carrying it since Saturday night, when small groups started forming to defend his neighborhood. They stayed up all night, he says, prepared to whistle if they saw any looting.

But whistles aren't the only thing they have, he said. Many are also carrying weapons.

"As long as they don't harm my kids, my family, that's OK," he said. "But once we are threatened, we will shoot. All of us, we are ready."

Already, the Filipino businessman says he's been shocked at the looting he's seen in the city -- not just food, he says, but large appliances like refrigerators and washing machines. Thieves, he said, have already ransacked his shop and others nearby.

"We are very afraid. ... In Tacloban we are almost 98 percent Catholics, and I can't believe they did this," he said. "Nobody would think it's going to be lawlessness."

CNN's David Simpson, Tim Schwarz, Brad Olsen, Chandrika Narayan and Catherine E. Shoichet contributed to this report.

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