Rescuers help passengers from a capsized ferry boat, <Bright, off Ormoc, city on Leyte Island
David Bloomer, Save the Children's Child Protection Regional Advisor said "child friendly spaces" will be opened by his organisation in Tacloban City and other parts of Leyte Island
, in partnership with Unicef and local communities.
Since 13 November, family food packs with rice for more than 760,000 people, plus High Energy Biscuits for 33,000 people have been dispatched to shelters in 24 municipalities on Leyte Island
, as well as in Tacloban City, where Cousin also met with government officials.
The ferry takes five hours to reach Leyte Island
, one of the worst hit areas.
Osprey aircraft and C-130 cargo planes delivering pallets of rice and water to the airports in Tacloban, on Leyte Island
to the west, and Guiuan, also here on Samar Island.
But minimal food and water was reaching people in the devastated city of Tacloban, on Leyte island
, which bore the brunt of the storm, and outlying regions due to a lack of trucks and blocked roads.
The toll was set to climb steeply after northern Palawan and Ormac on Leyte island
were reached - both badly hit by the 235mph storm.
In a cruel twist of geographic fate, the same conditions that made the central Philippines, including Leyte Island
where the city of Tacloban is located, so vulnerable to the storm also have complicated the delivery of disaster relief.
Please tell my family I'm alive," said Erika Mae Karakot, a survivor on Tacloban's Leyte island
, as she lined up for aid.
On the ground, the relief operation was centred on the city of Tacloban on Leyte island
, three days after one of the biggest storms in recorded history demolished entire communities across the central Philippines and left countless bodies as well as gnawing desperation in its wake.
Like many Filipinos, Gier had gone online because mobile networks crashed in the Philippines, particularly on Leyte Island
, where more than 10,000 people are believed to have died in the island's capital, Tacloban City.
Tacloban, the capital of Leyte island
in the Philippines, took the brunt of Haiyan on Friday morning, when it was at its strongest.
Most of the deaths and destruction were on Leyte Island
, where Tacloban is located.
The PT boat rounded the northern tip of Leyte Island
and glided into Carigara Bay.
A search and rescue vessel aided by a spotter plane found the sailboat along Surigao strait off Leyte island
in the central Philippines.