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AP photojournalist David Guttenfelder has been covering the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan and documenting the disaster via his Instagram feed. Some of his images, particularly of a newborn baby being kept alive by her parents hand-pumping oxygen into her lungs, are haunting.
The Vergera family had 10 people before the storm. Now, there are three. They live on one meal a day amidst the debris, barricaded from thieves at night. But leaving is out of the question, at least for now.
For many Filipinos, Philippine President Benigno Aquino's visit to the typhoon-stricken city of Tacloban seems too little, too late. And the challenges to rebuilding the main staples of the economy - rice and fish - are daunting.
One week after Typhoon Haiyan, or Typhoon Yolanda is it is known locally, ravaged the central Philippines, the scope of the tragedy is still hard to grasp. One reporter describes the situation today in Tacloban.
Aid workers and military support from across the globe are pouring into the Philippines, including the USS George Washington and its naval group. But relief efforts are still stymied by bottlenecks at the few damaged airports and ports in the hardest-hit areas and the poor roads and other infrastructure in the country.
A full-scale relief effort has been slow to emerge in Tacloban, a Philippine city ripped to shreds by last week's typhoon. BBC reporter Jonathan Head describes a growing sense of panic and fear, but also the the first signs that aid is finally ramping up and on the move.
Medical supplies and food and water are trickling in via some military helicopters. But many of the devastated areas are so isolated that they've been difficult to reach. The roads are still blocked by fallen trees and homes, and littered with dead bodies.
It's the worst typhoon ever recorded to hit the Philippines, and possibly to make landfall anywhere. Thousands are dead and hundreds of thousands displaced. International relief efforts have begun, but some areas remain inaccessible.