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TODAY   |  November 13, 2013

US military begins 24-hour typhoon relief

The U.S. military has started running 24-hour relief operations as the Philippine army tries to establish security so help can get to the areas most affected by the devastating typhoon that hit the island country.

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>> today's top story. the official death toll in the philippines is climbing. it's reached more than 1800 people as disaster officials work to speed up relief operations. harry smith is in manila for us once again. good morning to you.

>> reporter: the headline here today even as recovery efforts are getting off the ground, a crowd of storm survivors rushed a government rice warehouse and went inside, the walls collapsed leaving 8 dead. things are not getting any easier here. survivors are still trying desperately to get out of the hardest hit areas, places where money is meaningless. it can't buy water, medical treatment or food.

>> no money. no places no televisions, no cell phones, no technology. food. we need food.

>> reporter: help is now arriving, even in some of the hardest to reach location where is these u.s. veterans are heading to provide medical and search and rescue assistance.

>> we respond very quickly before some of the larger aid organizations.

>> and the u.s. military has now begun running round the clock relief operations.

>> we have run way sets coming out to allow airplanes to land at night.

>> reporter: in the devastated towns looting is a means of survivor for some. a selfish opportunity for others. the philippine army has been trying to reestablish security so that when aid does come it will reach those that need it most. some are trying to clean up, an almost futile exercise in this staggering mess and others have begun the task of recoverying and burying the dead. his little girl was ripped from his arms by the massive surge that came with the storm. he has been traveling for three dice make it to his hometown. he no idea if his family was dead or alive or if the house was still standing . the house was badly damaged but there's his youngest son, his daughters and his wife.

>> thank you, lord.

>> reporter: if you lived here it would be difficult not to think of what was and you would have to wonder how life will go on amidst all that has been lost. do you give up or stay when all you've ever known is gone? and there's more bad news. the u.s.s. george washington , the giant aircrafted carrier that we expected to steam into the storm zone tomorrow has been delayed for several days because of bad weather .

>> a lot of people see those imagines and want to help. if you want more information on how you can contribute, go to today.com.