Nov. 12 - A badly-damaged hospital in Typhoon-hit Tacloban City is overwhelmed with casualties, as a U.S. navy ship with aid and troops heads for the Philippines. Mana Rabiee reports.
The death toll in the Typhoon-ravaged Philippines was downgraded to possibly 2,500 people on Tuesday, from 10,000 said the country's president. That doesn't lessen the pain for survivors, like this mother in badly-hit Tacloban City. Her young child died even before she could get herself to the local hospital. (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) WOMAN WITH DEAD CHILD SAYING: "It feels like I'm going crazy thinking about how we can solve our problems. We want to go back home, but we can't, even if my baby is starting to smell. We just want to go back." Many walked for hours to get here, only to find the hospital badly damaged with no electricity. Supplies are low and the staff are overwhelmed. Without power, little can be done for many of the injured. (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) ERMIE BERTICE, VILLAGER, WHOSE MOTHER WAS INJURED DURING THE STORM, SAYING: "I don't know what we can do. She really needs to have an x-ray done quickly so we'll know what's wrong." But more aid is on the way. The U.S. Pentagon is sending carrier ships with some 5,000 sailors on board -- delivering water, food, shelter and medical supplies. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PENTAGON SPOKESPERSON GEORGE LITTLE SAYING : "Yesterday Secretary Hagel ordered the aircraft carrier USS George Washington and other U.S. Navy ships home ported in (UNINTELLIGIBLE) Japan to make best possible speed for the Philippines." Tacloban used to be a vibrant port city. Now, it's a wasteland choked with bodies still on the ground. The local government's been wiped out -- officials are either dead or missing or too overcome with grief to work -- as they wait, like much of the region, for international aid to arrive.