TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) -- The death toll following Friday's powerful typhoon in eastern Philippines now stands at 2,275, and the figure is expected to rise.
A U.N. humanitarian official says there've been problems getting much needed supplies into the typhoon-devastated eastern Philippines because there are no trucks and roads are closed.
The Navy is sending help, including USS Ashland, formerly based at Joint Base Little-Creek Fort Story but now assigned to Japan following a hull swap with USS Tortuga in late August. USS George Washington, based in Japan, also was ordered to support relief efforts as well.Other Navy ships en route to the Philippines are USS Antietam, USS Cowpens, USS Mustin, USNS Charles Drew, USS Lassen and USS Germantown. In all, those ships carry more than 5000 sailors and Marines.
Meanwhile, local police say there's been looting over the last three days, but they've 'restored order.' Eight people were killed when the wall of a rice warehouse collapsed while being looted. Meanwhile, security forces say they exchanged gunfire today with an armed gang, and eight people were killed when looters overran a rice warehouse in the worst-hit city of Tacloban, setting of a wall collapse.
In Hampton Roads, Va. Beach-based Operation Blessing is responding to help victims of the typhoon.
In Williamsburg tonight, a vigil for the Philippines will be held in the Wren Chapel at The College of William and Mary at 6:00 p.m. and , at 7:30 p.m., a Filipino film festival will take place in Tucker Theatre. Funds raised from campus events will go directly to a family in the Philippines that lost its house.
Verizon is waiving charges for long-distance calls and text messages to the Philippines from Nov. 8 through Dec. 7 to support its customers who are trying to communicate with their families and friends.
Physicians for Peace says it's just received a donation of $750,000 worth of used prosthetics a large portion of which will be used in the Philippines relief effort. The donation, made by Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, was planned prior to the catastrophe but will be even more critical in the aftermath of the typhoon which has devastated millions, officials said. The Norfolk-based group will pick up the prosthetics on Thursday in Frederick, Maryland.