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Tacloban, a city that is home to 200,000 people, suffered the greatest devastation, said Lt. Jim Aris Alago, information officer for Navy Central Command. Officials initially found more than 100 bodies scattered on the streets of the coastal city, and that death toll was expected to rise dramatically.
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Doctors in Tacloban had trouble treating all the city's injured in the immediate aftermath of the storm. At the city's only functioning hospital, doctors couldn't admit any more wounded victims -- there wasn't enough room. Some of the injured lay in the hospital's cramped hallways seeking treatment. "We haven't anything left to help people with," one of the doctors said. "We have to get supplies in immediately."
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The violence was not all caused by Haiyan. A Philippines senator said she's learned of reports of rapes and other crimes against women, some allegedly by prison escapees, PNA reported. But the U.S. military has said that violent crime is less of an obstacle to providing aid than is the debris that blocks roads.