Food running out, Philippine typhoon survivors warn

Scenes of devastation lined roads in the Philippines, days after a powerful typhoon hit its central and southern regions.

Officials and residents that bore the brunt of the disaster pleaded for food, water, and shelter on Tuesday (December 21) as damaged infrastructure hampered relief efforts.

Typhoon Rai made landfall last Thursday (December 16), killing nearly 400 people and affecting 1.8 million, displacing 630,000 of them, according to an U.N. office.

It is the strongest typhoon to hit the archipelago this year.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday ordered state agencies to restore power and communications as he promised $200 million for recovery efforts.

Foreign aid has also started to arrive including from Japan and China, while the United Nations said it was working with partners to help with the relief response.

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