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Typhoon survivors: Where is the help?
01:40 - Source: CNN

Anderson Cooper is live from the Philippines with stories of courage amid the destruction. “AC360°” 8 and 10 p.m. ET Tuesday on CNN.

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"I really want someone to collect their bodies," man says of dead family members

Tacloban "is like something fresh out of a movie. It's like survival of the fittest," one survivor says

Bodies lay uncollected in the streets of Tacloban and still more are believed buried under buildings

Aid groups, nations race to get aid to Philippines, but wreckage, weather slow relief

Tacloban, Philippines CNN  — 

Desperate pleas for food and water forced aid organizations and nations around the world to scramble Wednesday to deliver supplies four days after Typhoon Haiyan flattened areas of the Philippines, where bodies still litter the streets in one devastated province.

Rain from a tropical depression grounded some relief flights, while blocked roads and poor conditions at some airports made delivering other aid a difficult proposition, increasing the misery of survivors and raising anxiety.

“I fear anarchy happening in Tacloban City,” said CNN iReporter Maelene Alcala, who was on vacation in Tacloban where the typhoon struck and was evacuated to Manila. “It’s like survival of the fittest.”

Tacloban, the provincial capital of the island of Leyte, was ground zero for the typhoon that struck Friday, leaving the city in ruins and its population of more than 200,000 in desperate conditions.

Haiyan's track

“The whole scene was like something fresh out of a movie. It was like the end of the world,” Alcala said. “…Survivors are walking everywhere carrying sacks of goods they were able to get.”

The lack of food and water drove famished survivors to desperate measures.

They’ve taken food and other items from grocery and department stores in Tacloban, where shop owners have organized to defend their goods with deadly force.

Authorities have sent police and military reinforcements to try to bring the situation under control.

Still, little aid was reaching victims, especially those in remote locations.

More than 2 million people need food aid, the Philippine government said.

READ: Typhoon Haiyan crushed town ‘like giant hand from the sky’

The initial death toll projection of 10,000 was “too much,” President Benigno Aquino III told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. He estimated that the final accounting would more likely be around 2,000 to 2,500.

The toll from Typhoon Haiyan – known in the Philippines as “Yolanda” – grew to 1,833 dead and 2,623 injured, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Wednesday. At least 84 people are missing, the council said.

The number of dead and wounded will likely grow as search and rescue efforts continue.

Among the dead, the State Department said Tuesday, were two U.S. citizens. Their identities were not released pending notification of next of kin.

Bodies in the streets

Everybody in Tacloban is searching for somebody.

A dog led Yan Chow and a search crew to the body of his daughter buried underneath debris in Tacloban.

Chow has been looking for his two children and his wife since the storm hit. He was texting with his daughter when the messages suddenly stopped, about the time a massive storm surge is believed to have hit the city.

Her body was found not too far from where they found her brother, some distance from their house, Chow told CNN early Wednesday.

The children’s mother is believed to be buried somewhere nearby, Chow said.

Bodies litter the roads. Some are crudely covered in plastic and sheets, others left out in the blazing sun.

Many corpses are out of view, mixed up with the rubble spread out as far as the eye can see. Some of them may be buried inside homes covered by mud and debris.

Juan Martinez sits underneath a makeshift shack where his home once stood. Nearby, the bodies of his wife and two children a