Though Super Typhoon Haiyan left the Philippines two days ago, some of the hardest hit disaster zones have yet to see relief supplies. Tacloban, the main city on the island of Leyte, is believed to have experienced the greatest amount of damage and has yet to receive much assistance.
"We need help. Nothing is happening," Aristone Balute, an 81-year-old Tacloban resident, told AP news. "We haven't eaten since yesterday afternoon," she said.
Yet supplies and relief are reportedly pouring into the Philippines according to the Chicago Times. So why aren't the victims who need it the most getting it?
The answers are numerous. But one of the greatest challenges lies in delivering the assistance to the immense disaster stricken area. Planes and helicopters are hindered by unsuitable airstrips and are unable to land on Tacloban at night because there is no electricity. To make matters worse the one airport on Tacloban is "only for the Philippines military use," Lee Pik Kwan, a spokesman for Medecins Sans Frontieres told AP news Tuesday.
Kwan and his organization have had medical supplies and doctors waiting on a neighboring island of Cebu for a plane ride to Leyte since Saturday.
Even the UN has been unable to get to the remote communities hit by the storm.
"There is a huge amount that we need to do. We have not been able to get into the remote communities," Valerie Amos, a UN humanitarian chief told AP from Manila. "Because of the debris and the difficulties with logistics and so on, we have not been able to get in the level of supply that we would want to. We are going to do as much as we can to bring in more," Amos said.
Rain and poor weather are other problems.
"The weather is pretty bad out there, so we are limited by seas and wind," Capt. Thomas Disy, commander of the USS Antietam, a missile cruiser that's part of the carrier group assisting the Philippines, told the Chicago Tribune. "But we are going to be going as fast as we possibly can."
But rescue efforts aren't just being hampered by physical barriers. Government officials, police and soldiers were among the first responders to these grim scenes of desolation, while they themselves are also victims. This situation creates greater complications in the rescue process.
Other obstacles, like looting and prison breaks, has forced rescue workers to other parts of the island, spreading the aid workers too thin.
Another problem revolves around Tacloban's government, or rather the absence of it. The government buildings were wiped out by the storm and many government officials have been found dead or reported missing. Of Tacloban's 293 policemen only 20 have reported for duty.
"Basically, the only branch of government that is working here is the military," Philippine Army Maj. Ruben Guinolbay told Reuters in Tacloban. "That is not good. We are not supposed to take over government."
Lack of clean water and food is the issue most relief workers are worried about. The extra food that was placed on the island of Leyte before the storm has been taken out to sea, and what little remained, has already been eaten. But lack of water is of great concern because of the human body's reliance on it.
"Water is life," Lt. Col. Marciano Jesus Guevara said. "If you have water with no food, you'll survive."
If the food and water supplies of Leyte continue to remain depleted, the death toll could rise to even greater numbers.
As of Tuesday the official death toll reached 1,774, although authorities expect it to rise to at least 10,000.
"As we get more and more access we find the tragedy of more and more people killed in this typhoon," UN humanitarian official John Ging told the BBC.
"The first priority of response teams, once they were able to navigate their way into these areas, is to mobilize the burial of dead bodies because of the public health issues," he added.