TODAY   |  November 10, 2013

Relief for typhoon survivors to come by air

Some survivors of Typhoon Haiyan are stranded without food and water, and efforts to get supplies to those in need have been stalled due to the fractured infrastructure caused by the storm. NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports.

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>> meantime, are pouring into the philippines as those rescue efforts intensify. our chief medical editor, dr. nancy snyderman is where many of the storm's refugees are trying to make their way in their search for help. nancy, give us a sense, what are you seeing as people try to make their way there?

>> reporter: it's really an interesting mix of people at the largest air force base in this part of the country. people who have managed to get out of tacloban who are catching flights to manila while at the same time cargo planes are loading up supplies to get into town, and caught in the middle are people who live away from the city of tacloban and are totally cut off from family and friends. they are hoping for the best, fearing the worst. interestingly, they're trying to get in just to see who is alive and who is not.

>> getting relief and aid in there obviously a major issue as we saw with the airport destroyed, you see pictures of the control tower blown out in tacloban . when and how -- do you have a sense of when and how that relief will start to make its way into some of those harder hit areas?

>> reporter: it looks from this vantage point as if it's been rather sketchy and a little slow. from a lot of people on the ground, they had a lot of anger and frustration because there obviously isn't fresh water . people have run out of food, and those who have made their way to cebu claim the relief efforts weren't getting in enough. it's so easy to complain when it's hard once you have a fractured system. with an airport that's not working and roads that have just been opened in the last couple hours, getting that kind of relief in is difficult. so the basics are tarps, water, canned foods and rice. we've watched a c-131 was being loaded with those kind of supplies. the c-131s were on the tarmac and they hope the relief efforts will get on tomorrow. they hope to get at least a half dozens planes off and into the sky.