Philippine president to camp in hard-hit Tacloban

17 Nov

by Calum MacLeod

U.S. arrival greatly boosted the relief effort, Philippine Air Force spokesman says.

TACLOBAN, Philippines — As the U.S. military ramps up aid efforts in the Philippines, President Benigno Aquino III pledged Sunday to remain in the hard-hit Leyte province until he sees more of that aid reaching survivors.

Aquino is expected to set up camp in Tacloban, the capital of Leyte province, but it is not clear where he will stay. Nearly every building in the city was damaged or destroyed by the Nov. 8 Typhoon Haiyan, which killed 3,974 people, according to the latest official count released Sunday. More than 1,000 remain missing.

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