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As Philippine 'Tent City' goes up, remote villagers remain without aid

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Reuters

PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3

This is Tacloban's new "Tent City".

A sign that relief efforts in the typhoon-hit Philippines are in it for the long haul.

On Monday, the United Nations warned the number of people displaced is now estimated at 4 million.

The humanitarian disaster so great, one U.N. official said it was like trying to help "all of Belgium".

(SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) UNIDENTIFIED EVACUEE SAYING:

"I don't know what we'll do. Whatever they wish to do with us, we'll just have to comply. After all, we don't have any homes to go back to."

President Benigno Aquino said the sheer scale of the suffering tempts him to despair.

But the full despair is likely felt here, in isolated areas like eastern Samar where Super Typhoon Haiyan first made landfall 11 days ago.

(SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) EIDA ORACEY, HERNANI RESIDENT SAYING:

"It's too hard, we don't have shelter, clothes or food. It's just too much