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Aid groups face tough task helping Typhoon Haiyan victims

 

Victims of Typhoon Haiyan are becoming increasingly desperate for food and medical care. Now there are concerns parts of the Philippines are descending into chaos as International aid organizations, like CARE are mobilizing to help.

CARE and its partners are working to deliver emergency food and shelter to 150,000 people in 30,000 households.

Fox News' Lauren Green spoke to CARE's Head of Emergencies Holly Solberg about the widespread destruction and how the world can assist in the aftermath.

"CARE has a team on the ground who's working with partners and we're scaling up that team to provide a response … the team is having a real challenge in reaching the survivors," said Solberg. There are 40 CARE and partner staff there now, with more international CARE staff moving in.

Solberg added "the situation in the coastal areas is very similar to the Asian tsunami in 2004." That disaster in South Asia caused widespread damage in several countries and had causalities over 200,000.

Solberg described villages where "the homes have no roofs; power lines have been snapped like matchsticks … water sources have been damaged."

"The situation in the coastal areas is very similar to the Asian tsunami in 2004."

- Holly Solberg

"Our main priority is to reach people and support them with immediate food and shelter," said Solberg.

Filipino authorities are trying to maintain order; eight people were killed when mobs overran a rice warehouse on an island hit hard.

Solberg said "we've heard of such incidents but we have not experienced in this case and we are doing everything we can to make sure that we're working with local communities and leaders … to safely distribute food to those who need it."

Difficult weather since the typhoon is another challenge for aid workers.

Solberg said "it's actually still the rainy season in the Philippines … on Tuesday there was a very big storm that passed through which is really hampering relief efforts."

CARE's work in the Philippines began before the storm hit the country.

"Our teams have been on the ground … we were working with the government to evacuate people and now afterwards … to bring in aid," said Solberg.

Solberg encourages Americans to check out www.care.org for up-to-date information and how they can help.