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Relief Efforts Underway For Typhoon Haiyan Victims

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(CBS) - Relief efforts are underway right now to assess the damage left behind from one of history's most powerful storms.

Typhoon Haiyan destroyed everything in its path, leaving families to find shelter wherever they can.

Survivors across the Philippines are growing desperate, even painting signs for rescue helicopters.

"We want water and medicine for the injured. We don't need pity - we just need your help," said a victim. 

US Marines are arriving with needed supplies for the millions of disaster victims.

A 15 to 25 foot wave came across entire villages, so everything is wiped out," said Paul Kennedy, U.S. Marines Brigaider General.

Witnesses say the damage from Friday's deadly typhoon looks more like the aftermath of a tsunami.

"I don't have words for it. It's really horrific," said Mar Roxas, Philippines Interior Secretary.

Bodies line the streets and some store owners are using guns to fight off looters.

American storm chasers became rescuers when the typhoon tore through a hotel. They used mattresses to help guests escape.

Tens of thousands are feared dead, but the death toll is difficult to track because phone lines are down.

A sign of life came Monday in one of the hardest hit villages, where a woman gave birth to a baby girl.

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