Critical help reaching Typhoon Haiyan survivors

A Philipine Air Force crew looks out from his helicopter as Typhoon Haiyan-ravaged city of Tacloban is seen in the background, during a flight to deliver relief goods in Leyte province, Philippines, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced by Typhoon Haiyan, which tore across several islands in the eastern Philippines on Nov. 8. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

November 19, 2013 11:42:46 AM PST
New numbers released Tuesday show that America's relief efforts are now being felt in the Philippines.

The help is critical. Almost two weeks after Super Typhoon Haiyan, cargo ships that were docked at sea still sit like paperweights on top of flattened neighborhoods.

But the encouraging news is that so far, $30 million in humanitarian aid from U.S. has reached the Philippines with $7 million more coming from the Department of Defense.

Approximately 9,500 military personnel have responded to the crisis and 750,000 pounds of relief supplies have been delivered..

At least 5,640 survivors have been airlifted to safety.

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