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Signs for help highlight despair of Filipinos struck by typhoon

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Signs for help can be seen from the air in the coastal town of Tanawan, central Philippines, Nov. 13, 2013.

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Children help to carry pails of drinking water as they walk past graffiti calling for help in Tacloban city, central Philippines Nov. 12, 2013.

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An SOS sign can be seen from the air amid the destruction left from Typhoon Haiyan in the coastal town of Tanawan, central Philippines, Nov. 13, 2013.

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Typhoon survivors hang signs from their necks as they queue up in the hopes of boarding a C-130 military transport plane, Nov. 12, 2013, in Tacloban, central Philippines. Thousands of typhoon survivors swarmed the airport seeking a flight out, but only a few hundred made it.

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A roof is turned into a sign for help amid the destruction in Tanawan, central Philippines, Nov. 13, 2013.

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Children beg for food from passing motorists in Borbon town, Cebu, Philippines, Nov. 11, 2013.

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Typhoon Haiyan survivors walk through the ruins of their neighborhood in Tacloban, Nov. 13, 2013, where a man named J.R. Apan painted a plea for help in front of his destroyed home the day after the typhoon hit hoping for aid to arrive but says he has not yet received food or water supplies.

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One of the most powerful storms ever recorded killed thousands of people in the central Philippines, with huge waves sweeping away entire coastal villages and devastating the region's main city.

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