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Nov. 11 (Bloomberg) –- World Vision Emergency Communications Specialist Aaron Aspi discusses the relief efforts being made in the hardest hit areas. He speaks to Angie Lau and David Ingles on Bloomberg Television’s “First Up.” (Source: Bloomberg)

You're live on the phone headed to the island of pan nye.

What reports are you hearing from there on casualties?

Right now there's been reported casualties in the different islands, but we still haven't confirmed that big number because right now in the different islands the death toll is starting to pick up.

That's why it's really important right now to establish some communication lines and really establish contact with our staff in the worst-hit areas.

Because some of them are still unreachable as of now.

We have several assessment teams going out and joining other teams to find out how the families are coping and what are the urgent needs, and what extent of damages in different areas.

But hopefully we are able to pass through the roads, but some of the roads are still blocked as of the moment.

And there are also reports that some of the roads are still swamped.

So we are trying our best to establish the roads in order to reach out to these families who are still in need of aid.

Describe to me some of the survivors that you are coming across as you make your way to that hardest-hit area, one of the hardest hit in the philippines as a result of this super typhoon.

Can you describe for me the state of their mind and also the state of yours.


Displaced families are really on survival mode.

It's a day-to-day survival challenge for most of them.

That's why right now it's really very important to us.

We are racing against time in order to reach the hard-hit areas.

And to help the families.

Right now in man illa there have been already supplies delivered from germany.

These are 5,000 blankets and plastic sheets delivered by plane and we're trying our best to coordinate with the government in order to bring this to the hardest hit areas and deliver them to the people so they won't get cold especially during at night.

Aaron, this is dade here in hong kong.

Over the weekend one of the big problems and challenges was really getting in touch with people in the hardest-hit areas.

Can you talk to us about are communications up and running?

The mobile network sites, is it easy now to communicate to confirm a lot of what we've been hearing across social media?

Right now, it's still very hard to access in terms of communication.

We're only -- we only have targeted established communication in the entry points.

But as you go further traveling through the islands, it's really difficult to reach staff who are already on their way.

And maybe they're there right now.

So there's really a need for a coordinated effort in order to establish communication where everyone can share communication access in order to set up information and also get information in.

So this is really important as of the moment.

Let me ask you this final question, because international aid is coming.

There have been requests for more.

Obviously the next 24 and 48 hours is going to be critical for this rescue effort as injured don't suck comb to their injuries.

What do you need in the philippines?

How can the world get it to you?

Is there such as yourself, how do we get those funds to you?

Right now we really need all your help.

You can look into our website and find out how you can help

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