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U.S. Marines are now on the ground in the Philippines disaster zone, where survivors of Friday's typhoon are said to be desperate for help.

FOX News Radio's Alastair Wanklyn reports:

Many survivors have lost their families and their homes, but American aid is arriving. Two transport aircraft touching down amid the ruins of Tacloban city, bringing food, water and generators.

(Kennedy) "Not just military, but USAID is here, international relief organizations are here."

Marine Brigadier General Paul Kennedy says every building in the city is wrecked and bodies lie about.

His troops now surveying local roads, to find patches free of debris -- where helicopters might land and offload aid, the way they operated after the tsunami in Indonesia nine years ago.

In the Asia Bureau, Alastair Wanklyn, FOX News Radio.

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