The scene in the Philippines is grim. Despite millions of dollars in aid pouring into the country, survivors of Typhoon Haiyan are still struggling to access water, food and supplies. There are reports of people digging up and smashing open underground water pipes, surviving on coconut juice, and covering their noses to mask the smell of dead bodies. Already, the death tolls stands at more than 3,500, with dozens more missing and thousands injured. Homes are destroyed; hospitals are overrun and aid workers continue to have trouble reaching all of the affected areas.
The devastation is proving problematic for President Benigno Aquino, who has been charged with failing to "grasp the enormity of the crisis."