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Philippines starting recovery and relief after Haiyan moves on

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One of the most powerful storms ever recorded might have killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines.

A senior police official announced the grim number after authorities had a chance to somewhat realize the totality of the destruction.

Coastal towns and the regional capital were devastated by huge waves. The super typhoon destroyed about 70 to 80% of the area in its path, according to officials.

Many residents of Tacloban made their way to the city's airport on Sunday. Dozens waited in lines, hoping to catch a flight out of the city. Witnesses and officials describe chaotic scenes in the city, with bodies piled on the sides of roads and incredible debris blocking access to areas.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino visited the Tacloban Airport. He said his priority was helping survivors and providing basics like food and water. Other parts of the city showed the brute force the typhoon brought to Tacloban.

Worldwide support for the Philippines has begun pouring in. The World Food Program, based in Malaysia, was prepping the first batch of aid to be sent to the Philippines.

The organization is sending generators, water tanks, hardware kits and tents among other goods.

World Vision and Lufthansa joined forces to send the country aid. A Lufthansa crew was on its way to Manila when the news of the disaster reached them. They then partnered with World Vision and another aid organization to fill the plane with supplies for victims.

The groups sent blankets, first-aid kits and plastic tarps. They also had medical technical supplies on board.

The German government also pledged aid for typhoon survivors. Foreign ministers Guido Westerwelle promised quick emergency aid and technical support. He said "Germany wants to help and will help."

Westerwelle announced an immediate aid package of more than half-a-million dollars.

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