(NBC NEWS) -- There's a massive government effort to help the people in the Philippines.
The U.S. government is throwing everything it can spare into this massive relief effort, as we learn more about what's now officially the most powerful storm to ever make landfall.
The impact of Typhoon Haiyan is staggering.
10,000 feared dead, to start, 600,000 displaced, and no way to put a number on the pain, suffering, and loss. "We were not able to save our father - very sad," said Philippines Resident Reya Alma Thera.
Help is there - U.S. cargo planes have been moving people and supplies, and more help is on the way.
The U.S. is giving 20-million dollars for food, supplies, hygiene kits, plastic sheets and other emergency relief.
It'll arrive in a few days.
The U.S.S. George Washington is headed there. Thousands of sailors have been called back early from shore leave. "We're limited by seas and wind and things of that nature on how fast we can go but we're gonna go as fast as we possibly can," said Captain Thomas Disy, USS Antietam.
And the Pentagon is sending 2 other cruisers, a destroyer, a supply ship, and nearly a dozen aircraft to deliver supplies and help rescue those who may still be alive in these ruins. "It's a whole government approach. The embassy has asked for not just military but USAID [US Agency for International Development] is here, international relief organizations are here," said Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
A U.S. disaster response team on the ground reports in some areas, 90% of all housing is significantly damaged, or destroyed.
But it'll take time - time for help to arrive, time to find survivors, and time to heal.