WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Much of the Typhoon Haiyan relief effort has been focused on Tacloban. It was ground zero for the storm's arrival in the Philippines.
The death toll from the storm is inching closer to 4,000 people. Efforts are intensifying to get food and water to all the survivors before they start succumbing to starvation and disease.
Ithas been 10 days since millions lost nearly everything they own, 10 days since they have had easy access to food and water, 10 days that folks have been living in what many describe as a wasteland.
About 9,000 U.S. troops are supporting the operation in the Philippines and have delivered nearly 623,000 pounds of relief supplies, including food, water, purification systems, sanitary supplies, and temporary shelter tents. But many workers are struggling with access to the most devastated areas where roads were washed out by the typhoon. Thousands have been waiting at the airport for up tothree days hoping to catch a flight out and leaving is the only way some say they can survive.
In the D.C. area one restaurant has partnered with the Red Cross to help in the relief effort. Medaterra, located at 2614 Connecticut Avenue NW, is hosting a fundraiserMonday night. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Medaterra is donating 50 percent of its gross receipts to the RedCross.