Haiyan Devastation Takes Toll On Survivors

Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan continue to have trouble accessing food, water and supplies. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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."

Weather1 The remains of a house in Daanbantayan, Cebu after typhoon Haiyan passed through. Jacob Maentz/Corbis

Weather2 Affected residents survey the damage in Tacloban City in the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, which ripped through Philippines over the weekend, has been described as on of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. Countries all over the world have pledged relief aid to help support those affected by the typhoon, but damage to the airport and roads have made getting aid into the most affected areas very difficult. With dead bodies left out in the open air and very limited food, water and shelter, health concerns are growing. Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images

Weather3 An aerial view of a demolished town on Eastern Samar Island on November 14 in Leyte, Philippines. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Weather4 Typhoon survivors crowd around a Philippines Airforce C-130 military plane, hoping to get on the next flight. AP Photo/Wong Maye-E

Weather5 Firemen carry the body of a Typhoon Haiyan victim to a mass grave outside of the city of Tacloban on Thursday, November 14. AP Photo/Vincent Yu

Weather6 Survivors carrying their belongings walk past destroyed houses after Super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Weather7 A relative holds newly born baby Beatriz as her mother recuperates at a makeshift birthing clinic in Tacloban city. REUTERS/Erik De Castro