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joebiden
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Grid Lock After Deadly Typhoon
Ty­phoon re­lief grid­lock threat­ened to par­a­lyze res­cue op­er­a­tions in the most dev­as­tated part of the Philip­pines on Wednes­day, with aid pil­ing up but few ways to dis­trib­ute it, plen­ti­ful gas­o­line but no mer­chants will­ing to sell it, and an in­flux of emer­gency vol­un­teers with no places to house them. The in­ten­si­fy­ing frus­tra­tions of de­liv­er­ing aid five days af­ter Ty­phoon Haiyan struck elicit­ed a plea from the top Unit­ed Na­tions re­lief of­fi­cial to the mayor of Tacloban, im­plor­ing him to help find a so­lu­tion to per­suade gas­o­line sta­tion own­ers to open so re­lief con­voys could be­gin a large-scale ex­pan­sion in­to the razed port city of 220,000 and the in­te­rior re­gions. The gas­o­line sta­tions have fu­el in their tanks but the own­ers fear rob­beries and vi­o­lence if they re­open.
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